Tyson earns rookie honor for fifth time, third week in a row

WATERVILLE, Maine -- After helping the Colby College men's basketball team clinch a New England Small College Athletic Conference playoff spot, Noah Tyson (Rutland, Vt.) was named the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association Rookie of the Week on Monday.

Tyson earned the honor for the fifth time this season and for the third week in a row. 
 
In two NESCAC road games, Tyson averaged 14.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, shot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range, and had 1.5 steals. While averaging 35.5 minutes in the two games, Tyson had just one turnover. 
 
With a 76-75 lead against Wesleyan on Friday, Tyson hit back-to-back 3-point shots to help the Mules go up 82-75 on the way to a 90-80 victory. Against Connecticut College on Saturday, the Mules were up 62-61 when Tyson converted a three-point play with 3:09 remaining and added a key steal with 1:15 left in a 72-66 win.
 
Tyson ranks second in the NESCAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.7, 63 assists, 17 turnovers), third in defensive rebounds (6.4), eighth in minutes played (31.5), and ninth in rebounding (8.0).  
 
Colby (17-7 overall) is the seventh seed in the upcoming NESCAC tourney and will play at either Hamilton College or Middlebury College on Saturday in a quarterfinal game. Hamilton plays host to Amherst College on Wednesday in a make-up game. If Hamilton wins the game, the Mules will head to Clinton, N.Y., for a game with the Continentals. If Amherst is the winner Wednesday, Colby will play at Middlebury. 
 
The Mules are ranked first among Division III schools in Maine.