MEDFORD - After averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game at the 34th Annual Lopata Classic hosted by Washington University (Mo.), sophomore guard Eric Savage of the Tufts University men's basketball team was picked as a co-recipient of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week award today.
Savage was named to the All-Tournament team after the Jumbos won their season-opener over Webster University 83-68 on Friday and then lost to the host WashU Bears in the tournament final on Saturday 98-94. This is his first NESCAC Player of the Week honor. He's the first Jumbo to get it since December 5, 2016 of last season when teammate Vincent Pace was recognized.
With seniors Everett Dayton and KJ Garrett out of the Tufts line-up, Savage stepped up and posted outstanding stat lines in both games. He had 27 points on 10 for 14 shooting (five for six on threes) with 12 rebounds and five assists against Webster. Twenty of those points came in the first half as the Jumbos build a 10-point lead (44-34). Then he was only two assists shy of a triple-double versus WashU, going for 21 points with 16 rebounds and eight assists. He had 15 points, eight rebounds and six points as Tufts nearly erased an 18-point deficit in the second half.
For the two games combined, Savage shot 54.8 percent (17/31) from the field overall and 53.3 from three-point territory (8/15).
Savage's 67 minutes played in the two games were the most in NESCAC as conference teams opened their seasons over the weekend. As were his 17 made field goals and eight threes. As a freshman last season, Savage averaged 8.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while his 31 steals were 12th-most among NESCAC players.
Sharing the award with Savage this week is Williams College junior Kyle Scadlock, who also averaged 24 points in a pair of season-opening wins by the Ephs.