Sunday, February 6, 2005

STOVELL SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT IN WIN AT BATES

MEDFORD – Though his inspired play this season is all about the team, Tufts senior tri-captain Reggie Stovell (Washington, DC/Hotchkiss) reached a individual milestone on Saturday when he scored the 1,000th point of his career for the Jumbos in a 78-73 victory at Bates College.

Stovell scored on a lay-up at 9:23 of the first half for the 1,000th point. It was already his 12th point of the game, and he went on to score 23 and pull down 14 rebounds as the Jumbos continued their surprise season with the win at Bates (16-6). Both teams were 5-1 in the NESCAC entering the game. Tufts exited with a 13-8 overall mark. The Jumbos, 8-17 and 2-9 in NESCAC a year ago, are tied for second place in NESCAC with Trinity College at 6-1.

Stovell, a 6'5", 220-pound forward, has been the driving force for the Jumbos this season. He's averaging a healthy 18.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He's been the NESCAC Player of the Week three times and twice has scored a career-high 29 points in a game, including in the first Tufts win over Williams College since 1995 on January 21 (95-78). As proof of his physical inside game, he's been to the free throw line 153 times in 21 games for an average of 7.3 trips per game.

Last season was frustrating for Stovell, who missed the first semester with an injury and struggled with the team through a difficult season. He averaged 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds. He worked harder than ever to prepare for his senior season, and the results have been spectacular. A full-time starter since his sophomore season, Stovell scored 165 points as a freshman (6.6 ppg, 4.6 rpb), 247 points as a sophomore (9.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and 205 points last year. He's at 394 points this year with at least four games remaining.

Wesleyan's loss to Bowdoin on Friday night clinched a home court berth for the Jumbos in the upcoming NESCAC tournament. The team put an exclamation point on it with the win at Bates on Saturday. They have now defeated Colby, Bowdoin, Williams, Wesleyan and Bates teams that beat them last season. The Jumbos, who are 10-5 away from Cousens Gym in Medford, still have a chance to gain the top seed in the NESCAC tournament with games against Trinity and first-place Amherst at home next weekend (Feb. 11-12).

Stovell is the 23rd player in Tufts history to score 1,000 points.