Tusculum University guard Tariq Jenkins has been named the Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month for December.
Jenkins, a senior guard from Riverdale, Georgia, averaged 17.6 points per game in leading the Pioneers to a 4-1 record in the month of December. He accounted for three 20-point performances including a career-high 25 markers in TU's 86-84 win over UVa-Wise. In that game, he rallied the Pioneers from an eight-point deficit in the final minutes including eight points in a 13-3 TU run to close out the game.
He opened the month with 20 points in Tusculum's 65-61 road win at Newberry. He followed with 17 points in TU's lone loss of the month and regionally-ranked Lees-McRae. He matched a career-best with six steals in Tusculum's 73-69 win at Young Harris, preceding his 25-point effort versus UVa-Wise where he shot 8-of-14 from the floor and grabbed five rebounds.
He scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the second half as Tusculum overcame a 12-point deficit to upset 20th-ranked Queens University of Charlotte to close out the month. Jenkins shot 6-of-10 from the floor, 2-of-4 from three-point land and 6-of-8 at the free throw line.
For the month, he shot 58 percent from the field, average 2.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 steals per contest as the Pioneers improved to 9-4 overall and 4-1 in South Atlantic Conference play as TU is tied for second place at the end of the calendar year. Jenkins is Tusculum's leading scorer through 13 games, averaging 15.9 points per contest.
The Tusculum Student-Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Greeneville. The Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month Award honors one male and one female student-athlete each month from an in-season sport during the 2019-2020 academic year, recognizing their hard work, effort and performance.