2016-17 Lafayette men's basketball season preview
Zalys posted a career-high 21 points in the 79-77 win
Leopards try to enter the Patriot League Tournament on a high note
Lafayette falls in double-overtime, 86-83
Lafayette struggles offensively in 73-61 defeat
Photos by: Hana Isihara
Photos by: Hana Isihara
Photos by Rick Smith
Lafayette Men's Basketball vs. BU (2-6-16)
Photos by: Hana Isihara
General: Combo guard who is an excellent passer...has the ability to score, when necessary...very good three-point shooter...terrific perimeter defender.
2015-16: Started in nine of the 28 games he played during his senior season...opened up the season scoring 13 points and grabbing three rebounds against George Washington (11/13)...scored 16 points and brought in seven boards in a contest against Holy Cross (1/13)...had a career night in a 2OT loss at home to Bucknell, recording 20 points and five three-pointers made...finished the season ranked sixth in steals within the Patriot League at 1.2 per game.
2014-15: Appeared in all 33 games for the Leopards in his junior season, starting two...averaged 3.1 points per contest and 1.8 rebounds per game on the year...had one block and two points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in a loss to top-seeded Villanova (3/11)...grabbed a season high five rebounds in a win over American in the Patriot League Championship game (3/8)...dished out one assist and ripped down four rebounds to knock off number one seeded Bucknell (3/5)...recorded three points and picked up a defensive rebound in a win over Boston U in the Patriot League quarterfinal round (2/28)...grabbed two rebounds and scored three points in win over Army (2/28)...sunk one-of-two from beyond the arc and grabbed two board in a loss to Boston U. (2/9)...scored a season-high 14 points and knocked down five boards in a loss to Navy (1/3)...dropped in eight points with two boards to open league play at Army (12/31)...netted seven points and ripped down five rebounds to finish off non-conference action against NJIT (12/28)...added three rebounds and four steals to his six points in a loss at No. 10 Kansas (12/20)...scored eight points apiece in back-to-back games at Yale (11/26) and Fairleigh Dickinson (11/30).
2013-14: Played in 26 games off the bench...second on the team with 26 steals and led the team with 1.0 steal per night...averaged 3.7 points, 2.0 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game...scored five points and added five rebounds in the loss at Army (3/1)...scored five points and collected two steals in the loss at Colgate (2/26)...had three rebounds and three points against Lehigh (2/23)...scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting in the win over American (2/15)...hit a pair of threes in the win over Loyola (2/12)...scored two points and had a pair of steals at Bucknell (2/5)...hit a three and had two assists in the win over Navy (2/1) after missing four games with a concussion...scored seven points at Loyola (1/13)...hit a three-pointer in the loss to Boston (1/11)...hit a pair of threes and set season-highs in rebounds (5) and assists (3) against Bucknell (1/8)...had four points at Navy (1/5)...scored a season-high 10 points, including a trio of three-pointers, and had two steals against Army (1/2)...had three points, four rebounds and three steals at Seton Hall (12/27)...scored eight points and matched his career high with four steals against Immaculata (12/17)...hit a three-pointer in the win at Wagner (12/3)...grabbed three rebounds against Yale (11/26).
2012-13: Played in all 34 games off the bench...scored 2.1 points in 12.6 minutes per game and handed out 43 assists on the year...added two points in the semifinal win over Lehigh (3/9)...chipped in five points in 14 minutes in Lafayette's Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal win over Holy Cross (3/6)...blocked a shot in the win over American (3/2)...scored a career-high 11 points in the win over Navy (2/9)...grabbed five rebounds against Colgate (1/30)...matched his season high with four assists at Minnesota (12/22)...set new career highs with eight points, seven rebounds and four steals against Arcadia (12/18)...added five points at LIU-Brooklyn (12/1)...netted five points and secured two steals vs. Princeton (11/25)...scored three points and collected three boards at Maryland (11/20)...dished out four assists in 20 minutes at Morehead State (11/18)...led Lafayette with six rebounds and hit his first career three-pointer at Kentucky (11/16)...grabbed five boards in 19 minutes against LIU-Brooklyn (11/12)...played 12 minutes in his college debut against St. Francis N.Y. (11/9).
High School: Averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game in his senior season...guided his squad to the Class B State Semifinal...named the Times Herald-Record Player of the Year in 2010-11 and 2011-12...as a junior, he contributed 15.0 points per game, including 22.0 points per game in the postseason, leading his team to a Class B state title.
Personal: Son of John and Sherri Rufer...has an older brother, John, and an older sister, Megan...born on Aug. 6, 1994.