MEDFORD - After earning Most Valuable Player honors at Roanoke College's Morris Cregger New Year's Classic, junior guard Amauris Quezada (New York, NY) of the Tufts University men's basketball team was named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Co-Player of the Week today.
In Tufts victories against host Roanoke and then Emory & Henry College, Quezada averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 steals and 3.5 assists in 28.5 minutes per game. In addtion to eight for 16 shooting from the field, he got to the line and made 15 of his 18 free throws .833) during the tournament. He was four for 11 (.363) on three's.
In the first game of the classic format tournament, Quezada scored a game-high 20 points in a 90-72 victory against the Maroons. He made all three of his shots including two three-pointers in the first half to score eight points as Tufts took a 40-35 lead. He added 12 points in the second half as the Jumbos pulled away. Quezada finished 5 for 9 from the field (3/6 on threes) and was 7 of 9 at the line while recording three assists with two steals in the game.
Tufts was up 12 at the half against Emory & Henry with eight from Quezada helping out. He finished with 15 points, six steals, four assists and four rebounds as Tufts won 71-56. He was 8 for 9 from the line in the game. The win gave the Jumbos three straight and improved their overall record to 6-4.
Quezada currently leads NESCAC with 2.5 steals per game and is also among the conference's statistical leaders for scoring (10.7 ppg), assists (2.8 per game) and free throw percentage (.755).
For the Jumbos, Quezada is the first confernece Player of the Week honoree besides all-time leading scorer Jon Pierce (who graduated last year) since December 2006.