MEDFORD - For the second time this season, Tufts University junior guard Amauris Quezada (New York, NY) has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week for men's basketball. Unlike the first time, when he shared the award on January 4, he is the solo recipient this week for his contributions to the team's two wins at Bowdoin and at Colby over the weekend.
The Jumbos (8-8, 2-2 NESCAC) vaulted themselves into fourth place in the league with a 64-55 victory at Bowdoin on Friday and a 78-66 win at Colby on Saturday. Quezada had a hot hand in both games, shooting 16 for 22 (72.7 percent) overall including nine for 11 (81.8) from three-point land. He averaged 21.5 points in the two games.
Against Bowdoin on Friday night, Quezada was good on all four of his three-point attempts. He finished five for eight from the field and scored 15 points. He added four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes.
By the next afternoon at Colby, Quezada had heated up even more. He made 11 of 14 shots, including five for seven on threes, and finished with a Tufts season-high 28 points. He also record 2's in rebounds, assists and steals during 35 minutes of action.
For the season, Quezada is among the top 25 in NESCAC with 11.1 points per game. He leads the conference with 40 steals. He is the first Tufts player to win more than one conference Player of the Week honor since Jon Pierce did so during the 2007-08 season.