Rogers Returns and Earns NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week

MEDFORD - Senior Luke Rogers returned to the Tufts line-up for the first time since November 16 last week and his performance helped the Jumbos earn two victories and earned himself the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week award.

Rogers averaged 19.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks while shooting 58.6 percent (17/29) in the wins. Tufts returned to action at the Music City Classic near Nashville where they posted an 81-70 victory against Carthage College last Wednesday and a 78-61 win over Simpson College last Thursday.

Against Carthage, Rogers had 11 points and seven rebounds in the second half when Tufts broke away from a 35-35 tie to defeat the Firebirds by 11. In his first game since the Jumbos' season-opener at Mass.-Dartmouth, Rogers had 18 points and 10 rebounds to go with two blocks against Carthage. He made eight of 12 shots. His eight points then led a 19-3 run versus Simpson that turned a 28-26 deficit into a 45-31 lead in an eventual 17-point victory. He finished the game with 20 points, 19 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

This is Tufts' first NESCAC Player of the Week honor this season. It is the second time Rogers - NESCAC's Player of the Year in 2020 - has won the award. He was also selected on November 19, 2018.

Rogers enters this week three points shy of 1,000 for his career. Head coach Brandon Linton's team opens its conference schedule on Friday night against Wesleyan University (7 pm) at Cousens Gymnasium. Rogers is seventh on the team's all-time rebounding list (717) and third in career blocks (130).