March 12, 2010

Rutty, Moore Pull In More Postseason Awards

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore and junior forward Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) have been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and CollegeInsider.com, respectively as the organizations' picks for District 18 Coach of the Year and Northeast Conference Player of the Year, respectively. Previously, the Northeast Conference's coaches picked Moore and Rutty as the league's coach and player of the year.

Moore has led the Bobcats to their most successful season as a Division I program. The Bobcats have won a program-record 23 games and earned a share of their first Northeast Conference Regular Season Championship. The Bobcats were one of just 11 Division I teams to go undefeated at home in the regular season, posting a 12-0 record at the TD Bank Sports Center, as well as 16-0 in the state of Connecticut.

Rutty has averaged 15.1 points (8th-NEC) and a league-best 11.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.4 percent from the floor (3rd-NEC) in his junior season. He's compiled a league-best 17 double-doubles, while grabbing 4.9 offensive rebounds per game, third-most in the nation. Rutty scored his 1,000th point in just his junior season, and currently stands 15th all-time on the NEC's career rebound list with 791 boards. Rutty's effort on the boards has led the Bobcats to the nation's second-best rebounding margin (+9.2), behind only Michigan State.