May 1, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell senior Bryan Cohen (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Abington Friends), the three time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in men's basketball, received a special award at the University's annual Senior Athletic Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Bison Club and held in the Terrace Room on campus on Tuesday.
Cohen won the Bradley N. Tufts Award, presented in recognition of exceptional athletic achievement and contribution to Bucknell athletics. Cohen shared the award with women's golf standout Minjoo Lee.
In addition to Cohen and Lee, several other student-athletes were honored at the banquet, including the winners of the Christy Mathewson Award, given to the most outstanding athletes in the senior class. Four-time All-Patriot League cross country star Stephanie Fulmer along with eight-time Patriot League track & field champion Robert Arent were this year's winners.
Cohen was a four-year starting guard who helped lead the Bison to back-to-back 25 win seasons and Patriot League titles, including an NCAA appearance in 2011 and an NIT appearance in 2012. He was the three-time Patriot League Defensive Player of Year, making him the only player in league history to win the same major award three times and just the seventh in any Division I conference to win a defensive MVP honor three times.
Cohen earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors as a senior. He broke the school record with 130 career games played and never missed a game in four years while averaging just under 30 minutes per contest. He scored 1,102 career points to rank 25th on Bucknell's all-time scoring list, while his 313 career assists rank eighth in program history.
Bucknell is a highly-selective, privately endowed liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 3,500 undergraduate students. Bucknell competes in NCAA Division I as a member of the Patriot League and has full membership along with American, Army, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy. Bucknell
has won the Presidents' Cup, signifying the Patriot League's all-sports champion, in 17 of 21 years.
Bucknell annually ranks among the national leaders in graduation rates. In addition, Bucknell ranks fifth in Division I in the total number of CoSIDA Academic All-America selections, with 121 national Academic All-Americans since 1970.