INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the second consecutive season, the Quinnipiac men's basketball team was named the 2014-15 Division I statistical champion for Rebound Margin, announced by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. A national power on the boards, Quinnipiac led the nation in three of the four major rebounding categories this year.
"I'd like to congratulate our players on being the best rebounding team in the country again this season," said head coach Tom Moore. "Rebounding has certainly become a trademark of our program and this group, like other Quinnipiac teams before them, embraced the hard work and toughness required to excel in that area."
The Bobcats finished +12.4 on the glass this year, a Quinnipiac program record for the category. Arizona was next in line at +8.8, separating the two teams by a margin of 3.6 – the largest distinction since Michigan State won the battle by nearly six in 2000-01. Towson (+8.7), Texas (8.5) and Baylor (+8.3) rounded out the top five teams.
In addition to rebounding margin, Quinnipiac led the country in rebounds per game (45.4) and defensive rebounds per game (29.0). Quinnipiac finished second only to West Virginia of the Big 12 in offensive rebounds per game (16.4).
A historical run for the program, Quinnipiac has finished first or second in rebounding, offensive rebounding and rebounding margin in each of the last four seasons. In 2010-11, Quinnipiac finished first in offensive rebounding, second in total rebounding and fourth in rebounding margin. No other program has had more success on the glass over the last five seasons.
Back to its days in the Northeast Conference, Quinnipiac has led the league in rebounding in six straight seasons. After two seasons in the MAAC, the Bobcats have had similar success on the boards, averaging 45.4 rebounds per game in each campaign. That ranks second is the MAAC's record book for most rebounds per game through a season.
Individually, Quinnipiac finished with three of the league's top 11 rebounders – Ousmane Drame (11.2), Justin Harris (6.4) and Zaid Hearst (6.1). Drame led the MAAC in total rebounding, defensive rebounding (7.6) and offensive rebounding (3.6) with teammate Justin Harris (3.0) sitting right behind him on the offensive glass. Drame ranked sixth in the nation in rebounds per game and fifth in defensive rebounds per game.
In the coming months, the men's basketball team will receive a plaque for the athletics department trophy case.
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