LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Senior forward Zach Thomas and freshman guard Jimmy Sotos were two of the catalysts in Bucknell's three wins last week, and both received honors on Monday. Thomas was named The Rock Patriot League Player of the Week and Bison Athlete of the Week, while Sotos was picked as The Rock Patriot League Rookie of Week.
Thomas had an incredible week for the Bison, averaging 28.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in victories over Siena, Ball State and Stony Brook. In Sunday's 85-76 win over Stony Brook, Thomas finished with a career-high 38 points along with 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. The 38 points are the most scored in the Patriot League and the ninth-most in the country this season. It is also the 11th-highest single-game total in Bucknell history. He is the first Bison to score at least 38 points with as many as seven assists, and he is the fourth player in school history to record a double-double with at least 38 points.
Earlier in the week, Thomas had 25 points and seven rebounds in a win over Siena in which he also set school records for free throws made (19) and attempted (22) in a game, and he had 22 points and eight boards in a win over Ball State. For the week, Thomas hit 44 of 49 free throws, and he currently leads the nation in total points (178) and free throw attempts (76). He is fourth in the country in points per game at 25.4. In seven games this season, Thomas has scored at least 20 points six times and at least 30 twice.
Meanwhile, Sotos also made major contributions coming off the bench. The rookie guard from the Chicago area netted double-figure points in all three games and had 10 assists with only four turnovers in 70 minutes of action. Sotos scored a season-high 12 points -- all in the second half of a tight game -- in the 87-83 win over Ball State, and he scored 10 points each against Siena and Stony Brook. Sotos made 7 of 10 shots from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, in the three games.
Sotos is averaging 7.0 points and 1.9 assists on the season.
After dropping games to Monmouth, Arkansas, North Carolina and Maryland to start the season, Bucknell is now 3-4 on the year with two tough games ahead this week. The Bison go on the road to face Saint Joseph's on Wednesday before returning home to play Vermont on Saturday night.