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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Two-time NESCAC scoring champion Jon Pierce

MEDFORD -- Junior forward Jon Pierce (Belmont, MA/Phillips Exeter) of the Tufts University men's basketball team, the 17th leading scorer in the nation and fourth among New England players as of March 15, was recently selected to the All-Northeast Region Second Team. This is the second straight year that he is on the regional second team.

Pierced finished the 2008-09 season with a 21.7 scoring average, the best at Tufts since 1995 when Chris McMahon's 24.6 average set a new Jumbo record. Pierce topped 20 points 13 times, including a career-high 40 points in the season-opener against Babson. He knocked down 14 of 21 shots in the game.

Like his Boston Celtics namesake, Pierce can score from anywhere on the floor. He hit 191 of 384 field goals overall (49.7 percent), was 39 for 118 from three-point land (33.1) and went to the free throw line 151 times, making 100 (66.1). He reached the 1,000 points career milestone early in the year and will enter his senior season within reach of the all-time scoring mark at Tufts. He's currently eighth on the Jumbo list with 1,434 points, 351 shy of Greg Davis' 1,785 record.

A three-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) award winner, Pierce has been the conference's leading scorer in each of the last two seasons. He scored 21.5 points per game in 2007-08. The 6'5", 240-pounder led the conference in rebounding this season with 8.7 per game this year.

Pierce was a Preseason All-American honorable mention pick this year.

2008-09 All-Region Teams