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Jefferson named All-NESCAC, Tyson named league's top rookie

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College's Sam Jefferson (Newton, Mass.) earned his first New England Small College Athletic Conference all-league honor and Noah Tyson (Rutland, Vt.) is the program's first-ever NESCAC Rookie of the Year.

Jefferson was named to the second team Wednesday after a terrific junior season. He ranked first in the conference in made 3-point shots (88), first in made 3-point shots per game (3.5), fourth in scoring (18.2), fourth in 3-point shooting percentage (42.5), sixth in minutes played (31.8), and 10th in free throw percentage (80.0). 
 
"Sam adapted to being the top guy on an opponents' scouting report and drawing the best defender.  He began to find some post-up opportunities and shots in the mid-range that made him a much more versatile offensive threat," Colby head coach Damien Strahorn said. "He has a very good defensive feel and doesn't get enough credit for his work on that end. I'm proud of what he earned as he dedicated himself to a whole new level over the past year and look forward to the next phases of his growth with another off-season ahead."  
 
With his senior year next season, Jefferson has 1,009 career points, 207 made 3-point field goals, 290 rebounds, 128 assists, 53 steals, and 34 blocked shots. He became the 39th player in Colby men's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points.
 
Jefferson also was named to the District 1 All-Academic Team and is now eligible for National Academic All-American honors.
 
Tyson (pictured) was an impact player right away for the Mules, starting and leading the team in rebounding. He averaged 10.9 points and 8.2 rebounds, but was even better in conference games at 11.7 points and 8.6 rebounds.
 
"Noah had a huge impact on our team that was reflected most in his minutes played and rebounding numbers. He has a fantastic feel for the game and plays with a tremendous focus and intensity," Strahorn said. "The development of his outside shot was the biggest surprise coming into the season and really made him one of the best two-way players in our league. His tireless work ethic will allow him to continue to push to new heights and I'm excited to see his continued growth into next season."    
 
In the latest NESCAC standings, Tyson is tied for first in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.4, 64 assists, 19 turnovers). His security with the ball and the few turnovers made him the player who made most of the inbounds passes. Tyson also ranked third in the league in defensive rebounds (6.4), seventh in made 3-point shots per game (2.5), seventh in minutes played (31.7), and eighth in rebounding (8.2).