Monday, January 24, 2005



            MEDFORD – The Tufts University men's basketball season has been a turn-around success. The Jumbos are now 10-6 overall and tied for first place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 4-0 record after sweeping weekend games at Williams and Middlebury.

            Leading the way over the weekend, and all season, has been tri-captain Reggie Stovell (Washington, DC/Hotchkiss). The forward's sensational senior season continued last week with three-game averages of 21.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. The performance landed Stovell with his second NESCAC Player of the Week award.

            The 6'5", 220-pounder went off for a career-high 29 points at Williams on Friday (Jan. 21). The Jumbos defeated the Ephs for the first time since 1995, 95-78. Stovell had 19 points by halftime when the visiting Jumbos had taken a commanding 51-32 lead. Tufts kept the Ephs at bay, with Stovell shooting 10 for 18 overall and 8 for 8 from the line and taking down eight rebounds.

            Tufts continued to build its momentum by winning in overtime at Middlebury on Saturday, 91-82. The Jumbos out-scored the Panthers 15-6 in overtime. Stovell had foul trouble in the game, but posted 16 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes. With the two weekend wins, head coach Bob Sheldon's Tufts team surpassed its victory totals of last season when the Jumbos finished 8-17 overall and 2-7 in NESCAC.

            Stovell had an impressive 19 and 9 when Tufts lost at Wheaton College on Tuesday, 91-79. It was the 10th straight win for the Lyons.

            For the season, the senior is leading his team – which is #1 in NESCAC with 83.1 points scored per game – and is third in NESCAC with 18.3 ppg. His 9.8 rebounds per game are second in the conference. Stovell gets to the free throw line and makes his shots, hitting 73 of 103 (.709). He is nearing the 1,000th point of his Tufts career.

            NESCAC selected Stovell as its player of the week also on December 6. He averaged 17 points and 10.3 rebounds in a 3-0 week and tipped in a late winning basket at Clark.