Monday, December 6, 2004
Written by Jason Varney

STOVELL NAMED NESCAC BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MEDFORD-- Tufts senior tri-captain Reggie Stovell (Washington, D.C./Hotchkiss) was named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week today for his play during the week of November 29 through December 5. 

Stovell was especially the key player in the last match-up for the Jumbos, on Saturday (December 4) at Clark University.  With just six seconds remaining in the game and the Jumbos down by one point, Stovell tipped in a rebound to put Tufts up for good, 64-63.  The senior finished the game 7 for 8 at the free throw line with a team-high 15 points, along with pulling down six boards. 

Against Babson College on Thursday (Dec. 2), Stovell also played an integral role in a 77-69 Tufts win over Babson, where he finished with a total of 16 points and nine rebounds.  The tri-captain's most impressive performance to date, however, came last Tuesday (Nov. 30) at MIT.  Stovell led the Jumbos to victory scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, both game-high totals, as Tufts took care of the host Engineers, 54-51.

For the week, the 6'5", 220-pound forward averaged 17 points and 10.3 points per game.  Tufts won all three games on the road against New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) teams after not winning one road game all last season. Stovell is the first Jumbo to earn NESCAC Player of the Week honors since Mike McGlynn was chosen on February 10, 2003.

Stovell leads the conference in rebounding, with a total of 74 boards on the season for an average of 10.6 per game.  Stovell is also fourth in the conference in scoring, with 116 points on the season, giving him an average of 16.6 points per game.

The Tufts University Jumbos, coached by Bob Sheldon, currently stand at 4-3.  After a 1-3 start, the Jumbos have turned things around as they head toward the semester break. Tufts' next matchup is against the 3-3 Plymouth State University Panthers at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on Tuesday (Dec. 7) at 7:00 pm.

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