MEDFORD - Junior forward Dylan Thoerner has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week after his role in the Jumbos' late comeback victory at Bates on Saturday.
Tufts trailed 70-63 with two minutes remaining in the game, but closed with an 8-0 run to take a 71-70 NESCAC win over the Bobcats. Thoerner made a tough lay-up assisted by Tyler Aronson with seven seconds left in regulation that was the game-winning hoop after Bates missed a three at the buzzer. Thoerner also had two clutch free throws which pulled Tufts within 70-69 with 53 seconds on the clock. He also had a rebound and an assist on a dunk by Luke Rogers that had closed the margin to 70-67. A clutch three-pointer by Thoerner with less than three minutes remaining also helped keep Tufts in range for a comeback.
Thoerner finished the Bates game with 23 points, including 17 in the second half. He made 10 of 15 shots overall and added seven rebounds and three assists. In a 79-53 win over New England College earlier in the week, Thoerner scored 17 points with six rebounds in 18 minutes. He finished the week averaging 20.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting .667 from the floor (16/24).
This is Tufts' second NESCAC award in the last three weeks, as Rogers was selected on January 3. Head coach Brandon Linton's Jumbos have won five out of their last six games. This is the first NESCAC honor for Thoerner.
So far in 2021-22, Thoerner is 10th in NESCAC scoring 14.9 points per game. His .877 free throw percentage (57/65) is third in the league and his .503 field goal mark (74/147) is eighth.