Teams: Men's Basketball: Press
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
PIERCE BECOMES MEN'S BASKETBALL
PROGRAM'S ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER
|Senior tri-captain Jon Pierce has scored
more points than anyone in Tufts basketball history
MEDFORD -- By making the front-end of two free throws with 6:34
remaining in the second half of Tuesday night's Tufts University
men's basketball game vs. UMass Dartmouth, Jumbo senior tri-captain
Jon Pierce (Belmont, MA/Phillips Exeter) made history.
The point was the 1,786th of Pierce's career at Tufts, moving him
past Greg Davis as the all-time leading scorer in the 106-year
history of basketball at Tufts. Davis scored 1,785 points from 1982
through 1986, and his record stood for almost 24 seasons. Pierced
led the Jumbos with a game-high 24 points against UMass Dartmouth,
giving him 1,786 with at least three games remaining in his career.
"I'm very excited for Jon," Davis said during a phone call from
Puerto Rico, where he's on vacation. "He's a nice young man. I met
him a couple months ago after a game. I knew at some point that the
record would be broken. I think he is a wonderful guy, and a good
player, so I'm very happy for him."
Pierce took a circuitous route to becoming the all-time scoring
leader at Tufts. Born in Wichita, he went to high school in Indiana
and was a Division I prospect until a knee injury robbed him of his
full explosiveness. He was committed to play at Wasbash College in
Indiana, but learned that he could do a postgraduate year at a prep
school. He went to Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. From
there he enrolled at Drew University in New Jersey, but realized
that the basketball team wasn't a good fit for him and never played.
Former Tufts assistant coach Reggie Hobbs had recruited Pierce at
Exeter and never lost touch with him. In the fall of 2006, Pierce
transferred to Tufts. The rest, now, is history.
A 6'5" forward with dynamic scoring ability, Pierce burst upon
the scene at Tufts with 26 points in his first game for the Jumbos
against Lasell on November 17, 2006. He went on to lead the team
with 16.5 points per game and was named the New England Small
College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year. He had 10
games with 20+ points that year and finished the season with 397
As a sophomore during the 2007-08 season, Pierce led the NESCAC
in scoring with a 21.5 points per game average. He was an All-NESCAC
Second Team performer and won two conference Player of the Week
awards. Pierce recorded his first game of over 30 points with 36
against Babson on December 6 that year. His 516 points overall that
season was the eight-best total for a year in Jumbo history, and
gave him 913 career points through two seasons.
Pierce was selected as D3Hoops.com Preseason All-American prior
to his junior season in 2008-09. He led the league in scoring again
with 21.7 points per game, the best average at Tufts since 1995. He
recorded his career-high to date with 40 points in the season-opener
against Babson, then reached the 1,000 points career milestone at
Brandeis on November 30. An All-Conference pick again, he finished
the year with 521 points.
Entering this season, Pierce was eighth on the Jumbo career
scoring list with 1,434 points. He closed in on the record by
scoring 32 points at Wesleyan last Friday night, and then a
conference-high for the year of 35 points at Connecticut College on
Saturday afternoon. The performances earned him a fifth career
NESCSAC Player of the Week award and D3Hoops.com Team of the Week
honors. Pierce has 353 points this season.
"Jon has been very consistent since day one," Tufts coach Bob
Sheldon said. "He's been our go-to guy for the last few years, so
he's scored all of those points with other teams keying on him. It's
a big thing. He broke a record that stood for almost a
quarter-century, and it represents a program that has been around
for over 100 years. He's come through for us a lot and we're proud
that he has earned the right to hold such a prestigious record."
The new Jumbo scoring king established the record with excellent
efficiency. In 92 career games at Tufts, Pierce has a .510 field
goal percentage with 662 makes in 1,299 attempts. His 123 career
three-pointers are ninth on the team's all-time list. His ability to
get to the line, where he's attempted 532 free throws as a Jumbo,
has also added to his scoring prowess. He has an impressive career
scoring average of 19.4 points per game. Additionally, his 686
career rebounds are seventh all-time for the Jumbos.
The 1904-05 season was the first for Tufts basketball. The
college did not field formal teams from 1911 through 1918. The
current Tufts team is the 99th in the program's history.