LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Senior forward Zach Thomas earned his fifth The Rock Patriot League Player of the Week award of the season on Monday, after he averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds during Bucknell's 3-0 week. The five Player of the Week honors are two shy of the league record of seven, set by Lehigh's Tim Kempton last season. Bucknell's Mike Muscala (2012-13) and Lehigh's C.J. McCollum (2010-11 and 2011-12) both won six awards in a season, while American's Garrison Carr (2008-09) and Vlad Moldoveanu (2010-11) garnered five.
The Bison started last week with two come-from-behind road wins in a span of 48 hours, and Thomas logged double-doubles in both. In a 63-51 win at Colgate last Monday, Thomas had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Two days later he finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, including 19 points and seven boards in Bucknell's big second half, in a 78-70 win at Loyola. And then on Saturday, Thomas capped off his week with 18 points and six rebounds in just 24 minutes of action in a one-sided 77-56 home victory over Holy Cross.
Thomas continues to lead the Patriot League in both scoring (21.2 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg). He is one of just four players in the country leading his conference in both of those categories, joining Duke's Marvin Bagley II, Georgia's Yante Maten, and Saint Mary's Jock Landale.
Thomas, who is trying to become the eighth player in Bucknell history to average better than 20 points per game in a season, has posted 12 20-point games and nine double-doubles this season. Thomas leads the nation in free-throw attempts (195) and ranks third in made free throws (148) this season. He also ranks 21st nationally in scoring, 29th in rebounding, and sixth in defensive rebounding (7.95).
The Bison are currently on a six-game winning streak and own sole possession of first place in the Patriot League at 7-1. Bucknell closes out the first round of Patriot League play on Wednesday at Navy at 7 p.m.