Men's Basketball Looks For Continued Success In The Classroom

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SOMERSET, N.J. – Just months ago, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was rewarded by the Northeast Conference for their efforts in the classroom. The Bobcats compiled the highest team grade point average (GPA) in the league and earned a bid to their second consecutive national postseason tournament. Now six games into the season, QU looks to endure similar success this year, both on and off the hardwood.

"It was a nice honor to be recognized as having the highest team GPA of all the men's basketball programs in the NEC," said Head Coach Tom Moore. "It speaks to the commitment and hard work put in year-round by our players, staff, and academic advisor, Alyssa Budkofsky, towards our pursuit of academic excellence. Having won the most regular-season games in the NEC over the last two years (28) and combining that with the highest team GPA is proof of our student-athletes achieving a balance of excellence on the court and in the classroom."

In the 2010-11 campaign, Quinnipiac led all teams in the NEC with a collective 2.806 GPA. Several athletes posted averages over 3.0, including a 4.0 from guard James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.).

"The team has been working hard on and off the court this semester," said Assistant Athletic Director/Men's Basketball Academic Advisor Alyssa Budkofsky. "With the strong support of our coaching staff and the example set by the upperclassmen, we hope to continue to build on our past success in the classroom."

The Bobcats will undergo a difficult stretch as the month of December nears. QU will endure five games through a two week span, including scheduled finals for the week after. Up next for the Bobcats is Bryant, Saturday, December 3, at 3 p.m. in Hamden.

Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu