LEWISBURG, Pa. – Seniors Stephen Brown and Zach Thomas, two of the catalysts in Bucknell’s recent run of championships, have been selected to participate in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship during Final Four weekend in San Antonio. The event will feature 32 four-man teams – one from each Division I conference -- in a three-day, three-on-three tournament.
The tournament is open to players who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, and they will compete for a $100,000 prize pool. The event runs from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, Apr. 1 at Bill Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. The games will be televised on Twitter, and Sunday’s semifinals, third-place game, and championship game will air on ESPN2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Brown and Thomas will represent the Patriot League along with Lehigh’s Kahron Ross and Colgate’s Jordan Swopshire.
Thomas was the 2018 Patriot League Player of the Year after leading the league in both scoring (20.5) and rebounding (9.1). He broke school single-season records for points (716), free throws made (241), free throws attempted (310), 20-point games (18) and 30-point games (4). Thomas scored 27 points against Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament last week. Thomas finished his career with 1,738 points, fifth-most in Bucknell history. His 796 rebounds rank 10th all-time.
Brown enjoyed a sensational senior season, culminating with First Team All-Patriot League and Patriot League Tournament MVP honors. He was also named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team for the third straight year, and he was an Academic All-PL choice. Brown averaged a career-high 15.1 points per game this season, including 21.0 ppg in the postseason. He tallied 26 points against Boston University in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals, 22 against Colgate in the championship game, and 20 against Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament. Brown will graduate ranked third in Bucknell history in assists (524) and 19th in points (1,309).
The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will begin on Friday, March 30 with 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. EST and will continue on Saturday, March 31 with another 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EST. The event will conclude on Sunday, April 1 with the quarterfinals broadcast live on Twitter from 1:35-3 p.m. EST, and the semifinals, third-place game and championship game broadcast live on ESPN2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. EST.
For more information on the 3x3 National Championship, including purchasing tickets, event updates, details and rules visit www.3X3UHoops.com or follow @3X3UHoops on Twitter.