Guard Torrence Dyck unleashed one of the more memorable efforts in Daemen basketball history last week – but it didn’t stop there. After scoring 18 points in the final six minutes of an improbable comeback victory, the senior from Rochester continued lighting it up. He averaged 30.8 points over three games, an outburst that resulted in his selection as the Division II men’s national player of the week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
The week began with Dyck, a 6-foot-5 lefty, going on a scoring rampage that keyed Daemen’s rally from a 22-point deficit to a 98-96 East Coast Conference victory at Roberts Wesleyan. He finished with 35 points, including the decisive layup with four seconds remaining.
The Wildcats remained on the road and Dyck remained in the groove. He produced 27 points and eight rebounds as Daemen handed Long Island Post its first conference loss of the season. In the week’s finale, an 83-67 victory at New York Institute of Technology, Dyck struck for 30 points on 13-of-22 shooting, giving him three games of 30 points or more in a four-game span.
Dyck is averaging 23.5 points, good for 15th in the nation among Division II players. He is the second Daemen player in as many seasons to receive the national honor. Gerald Beverly, also from Rochester, was cited last season.
Daemen (9-6, 5-3) is back home this week, hosting Molloy (4-12, 2-6) at 8 p.m. Friday and Queens College (5-7, 3-4) at 3 p.m. Sunday.