WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University senior Sam Leclerc (Fayette, Maine/Winthrop HS) has been named the Men's Basketball Player of the Week in the Northeast-10 Conference after posting the two highest scoring games of his career.
In a pair of road wins, Leclerc averaged 25 points and eight rebounds with his week culminating with his first double-double as a collegian, a career-high 26 points and a career-best 11 boards in a 73-66 double-overtime win at Stonehill College. He shot 55 percent overall, made eight of 15 three-pointers and sank 18 of 19 free throws.
Against Stonehill, the six-foot-one guard helped engineer Bentley's come-from-behind win (Falcons were down by as many as 18 in the second half) by scoring 22 of his career-high scoring total after intermission without missing a shot. Leclerc had four points and two rebounds in the final minute of regulation to send the game into OT and six points in the last minute of the first extra session.
The 26 points bettered Leclerc's previous best of 24 points, achieved Wednesday in a 70-60 win at Franklin Pierce. In that one, he knocked down five of nine treys and was perfect on seven free throw attempts.
Leclerc, the only returning starter from last year's 24-8 NCAA regional finalist team, leads the Falcons in scoring with a 15.3 average. He's second on the club in rebounds (5.9) and is shooting an impressive .483 from three-point land. Of the conference players with at least 20 three-pointers made, only one has a better accuracy rate.
Leclerc, who spent his first two seasons at Bryant University, averaged 7.8 points and made 47 three-pointers a year ago in his first year in a Bentley uniform.
Bentley, 8-2 overall and 5-2 NE-10, is off until Dec. 30 when it will host Concordia (N.Y.).