MEDFORD - Senior guard and tri-captain Tarik Smith of the Tufts University men's basketball team earned All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) second team honors announced today.
Smith is one of 10 players in the league to receive All-Conference honors. It's his first All-NESCAC accolade in four years with head coach Bob Sheldon's Jumbos.
In 25 starts thus far, Smith is averaging 13.0 points, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He's hit on 32 of 79 three-pointers, a .405 success rate that is seventh-best in NESCAC. His 85 free throws made is also a conference top 10 mark.
In 10 NESCAC games, Smith's numbers went up to a team-best 13.3 points, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He made 34 of 42 free throw attempts in conference games for a .810 percentage.
Smith opened NESCAC play this season with 17 points, six assists and three steals in a win at Bowdoin. He later totaled 19 points with five assists at Bates College. In Tufts' overtime win at Trinity College, he was three for four on three-pointers including a clutch trifecta with 1:49 remaining in the extra period. He scored his 1,000th career point on January 31 at UMass Dartmouth where he finished with 18 points and six assists.
Tufts finished as the #1 seed in NESCAC with an 8-2 record. They advanced to the semi-finals of the conference championship. Now 20-6 overall, the Jumbos earned the program's fifth NCAA Tournament berth and begin play on Friday against Salem State at St. John Fisher College.