LEWISBURG, Pa – Bucknell senior Zach Thomas earned his sixth The Rock Patriot League Player of the Week Award of the season on Monday, after he turned in two more big performances in the team’s 2-0 week. Thomas averaged 26.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in victories over Army West Point and Lafayette, helping the Bison extend their winning streak to 10 games and their lead in the Patriot League to three games.
Thomas, who was also named the Bison Athlete of the Week on Monday, is now one shy of the record for most Patriot League Player of the Week awards in a season. Lehigh’s Tim Kempton received the honor seven times last season.
Thomas began the week by recording 32 points, 11 rebounds and five steals in Bucknell’s 83-71 overtime victory over Army. The Bison trailed by 19 points in the first half and by 10 at halftime. Thomas logged 25 of his 32 points and all five of his steals after intermission, as he led the come-from-behind effort.
Thomas then recorded 20 points and seven rebounds in Saturday’s 74-59 win over Lafayette.
He continues to lead the Patriot League in both scoring (21.2) and rebounding (9.3), joining Duke’s Marvin Bagley, Saint Mary’s Jock Landale, and South Dakota State’s Mike Daum as the only players in the country leading his conference in both categories.
Thomas ranks 22nd nationally in scoring and eighth in defensive rebounding, and he continues to lead the nation in both free throws made and attempted.
Bucknell is now 17-8 overall and 11-1 in the Patriot League. The Bison have a three-game cushion over Boston University and Colgate, and they will look to extend that lead when they travel to Lehigh on Monday night for a 7 p.m. game on CBS Sports Network.