Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Written by Julie Fox


 MEDFORD -- With his seventh point of the game, Tufts University senior guard Brian Shapiro (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott) scored his 1,000th career point in a 95-82 win at Wheaton College in Norton, MA Tuesday.  Shapiro scored 13 points on 4 of 7 shooting to finish the game at 1,006 career points. 

 Entering this season, Shapiro had 839 career points in three seasons for the Jumbos.  In the first 13 games he has averaged 12.8 points, third on the team and 19th in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).  Shapiro is also among the NESCAC leaders in assists (17th, 3.17 per game), steals (tied for 15th, 1.33 per game), and assist/turnover ratio (11th, 1.09).  Shapiro leads the team in steals and is third in assists.

Shapiro showed early in his career that he would be an excellent contribution to the Jumbo squad.  His freshman year he was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year on Head Coach Bob Sheldon's Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Champions.  Shapiro averaged 6.9 points per game that year.  His sophomore year Shapiro averaged 15.1 points, second on the team.  Last year, despite a knee injury which sidelined him for two games, Shapiro was again the second-leading scorer on the team, averaging 13.7 points per game.

After a 2-5 start to the season, Shapiro has helped the team rebound to their current 7-6 record, including a perfect 2-0 record in the NESCAC.  Their two NESCAC wins came on the road at Connecticut College and Wesleyan University.  Shapiro is the third Jumbo in as many years to reach the 1,000 point milestone, as senior guard Mike McGlynn (Medford, MA) did it last year and Dan Flaherty (Fairfield, CT), class of 2001, reached the milestone two years ago.  

Next up for the Jumbos is a game at UMass-Dartmouth on Thursday, January 23.  They resume NESCAC play on Saturday, January 25 as they take on Bates in Lewiston, ME.