Lucas Hausman Named NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year

Lucas Hausman is Bowdoin's first NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Lucas Hausman is Bowdoin's first NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin junior Lucas Hausman (Westport, Conn.) has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year.

The junior helped the Polar Bears earn the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championship, which was the highest seed in program history, en route to becoming the first Bowdoin men's basketball player to earn the accolade.

Hausman was also named as a First Team All-NESCAC selection while senior John Swords was named as the league's Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season and was recognized as a Second Team All-NESCAC choice.

Hausman paces the league in scoring with 20.7 points, but saw his production rise against conference foes as he averaged 24.7 points during the regular season. He ranks fourth in the conference in free-throw percentage (87.8) and tenth in field goal percentage (49.9). The first-time all-conference honoree was at his best at the end of the season, pouring in 30 or more points in four of Bowdoin's last nine games. Hausman tied the program's 61-year old single-game scoring mark when he scored 44 points against Bates on February 13, and fell two points shy of tying the NESCAC Championship single-game scoring record when he tallied 37 points versus Williams in the quarterfinal round.

Swords became the third player in conference history to repeat as the Defensive Player of the Year. The center's presence in the paint helped the Polar Bears hold opponents to 64.2 points per game and a conference-low 38.3 percent shooting this season. Swords finished the season second among all NESCAC players with 254 rebounds and tied for second with 55 blocks. He also enjoyed a fantastic season offensively, averaging 12.9 points per game and led the nation in field goal percentage at 69.8% this winter.