MEDFORD - For the third time in his career, senior Vincent Pace of the Tufts University men's basketball team has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week.
Pace has a hold on the honor for early December. He previously was selected as a sophomore on December 7, 2015 and last year as a junior on December 5, 2016.
Last week, the senior co-captain averaged 21.5 points in Jumbo victories at Emerson College (71-67) last Wednesday and at UMass Boston (73-58) last Thursday. He made 17 of his 29 field goal attempts in the two contests for a strong .586 shooting percentage. He hit five of his 10 threes and also averaged 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while adding two blocks and two steals.
At Emerson, Pace scored a season-high 30 points and led the Jumbos back from a 16-point (42-26) halftime deficit. He scored 23 points in the second half on 10 for 14 shooting, including a three that tied the game at 67-67 with 1:36 remaining in the second half. He then scored a go-ahead lay-up for a 69-67 Jumbo lead with 44 seconds on the clock and grabbed two important rebounds down the stretch. His 30 points on 13 for 21 shooting was the third-best single-game total of his Tufts career.
On Thursday at UMassa Boston, Pace had eight points and seven rebounds in the first half as the Jumbos raced out to a 42-18 halftime lead. He scored the team's first six points, helping Tufts build a remarkable 29-1 lead in the opening 12 minutes. Pace finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists as the Jumbos improved to 6-3.
Pace currently leads NESCAC in scoring with 18.9 points per game and is also in the conference top 10 with 7.5 rebounds per game (ninth).
This is is the second time a Jumbo has won NESCAC's weekly honor in the four times it has been presented this season. Sophomore Eric Savage shared Player of the Week recognition on November 20.