Men's Basketball Plays Nation's First Division I Postseason Game of 2011, Monday's Only D-I Game
HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team will play the first Division I postseason men's basketball game in the country Monday, when it plays host to the University at Buffalo in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament opener at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. The game is the only contest being played in NCAA Division I on Monday. Special Ticket Prices are available for Quinnipiac season ticket holders, QU Faculty and Staff and QU Students. Please contact the TD Bank Sports Center box office. The box office can be reached daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 203-582-3905 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The game will mark the first time Quinnipiac has hosted a national postseason tournament game in its Division I history.
The Bobcats enter Monday's game at 22-9 overall. Senior forward Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) and junior guard James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) were both All-Northeast Conference First Team picks this season. The 2010 NEC Player of the Year and the NEC's all-time leading rebounder, Rutty has averaged 14.6 points and 9.5 rebounds this season. He's shot 53.0 percent from the floor and blocked nearly a shot per game.
Johnson has led the Bobcats in scoring (16.1 ppg.), assists (3.6 apg.), steals (1.6 spg.), three-point percentage (.376) and free-throw percentage (.814) this season. The six-foot guard has had a flair for the dramatic, hitting several big shots, including an end-to-end steal and running finish with 0.5 seconds remaining to defeat Mount St. Mary's.
Led by All-Mid-American Conference selections Byron Mulkey, Zach Filzen and Javon McCrea, the Bulls are currently 18-13 on the season. Mulkey is an all-around threat, averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. Filzen averages a team-best 15.7 points per game. He has drained a school-record 106 three-pointers to rank third in the history of the Mid-American Conference.
The MAC Freshman of the Year, McCrea is averaging 11.5 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game. He leads the MAC in field goal percentage, shooting 63.7 percent from the field. He ranks fourth in the MAC with 53 blocked shots and ranks second on the team with 39 steals.