LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell senior forward Zach Thomas earned his seventh The Rock Patriot League Player of the Week honor of the season on Monday, tying the league record most weekly awards in a single campaign. Lehigh’s Tim Kempton also garnered seven citations last season.
For Thomas, this milestone just adds to a record-setting week, in which he averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two one-sided wins for the first-place Bison over Navy and American.
In last Wednesday’s victory over Navy, which was tied for second place at the time, Thomas recorded 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the field and 3-for-5 from the 3-point arc. It was his 16th 20-point game of the season, which tied the Bucknell record. Mike Joseph (1989-90), Greg Leggett (1989-90) and Bill Courtney (1990-91) also scored 20 or more points in a game 16 times.
Thomas then tallied 16 points in Saturday’s 80-61 win at American, which helped him break Mike Muscala’s school record for points in a season. Muscala recorded 637 points in 2012-13, while Thomas now stands at 651 heading into the postseason.
Thomas also moved into the top five on Bucknell’s career scoring list. He now stands fifth with 1,673 points.
Thomas leads the Patriot League in scoring (21.0) and rebounding (9.1) as the top-seeded Bison prepare for the postseason. Bucknell will host a quarterfinal game on Thursday at 7 p.m. against either No. 8 Loyola or No. 9 Army West Point. The Greyhounds and Black Knights play a first-round game on Tuesday evening.