HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) and junior Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.) highlight a trio of Quinnipiac men's basketball players on the College Sports Madness All-MAAC Team, which was announced on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Azotam and Drame were named to the CSM MAAC First Team, while Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) was tabbed to the Third Team.
Azotam has developed into one of the premier post players in all of college basketball, and has been rewarded for his performance. He averaged a double-double this year, bringing in 16.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game – while compiling a league-best 17 double-doubles. His rebounding figures are comparable to Justin Rutty, Quinnipiac's Division I rebounding leader, as he sits just 15 rebounds shy of Rutty's mark. Offensively, Azotam scores with the best in the MAAC, finishing better than 48 percent of his field goal attempts. He ranks eighth in the league in scoring and 10th in field goal percentage. Azotam's senior season was highlighted by 26 points and 13 rebounds in a two-point win over Niagara (2/22).
Drame carried his strong finish as a sophomore into his junior season, and has transitioned into one of the MAAC's top players. Drame, like Azotam, averaged a double-double for the season with 13.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, while compiling 13 double-doubles. Drame closed the regular season by scoring in double-digits in the last seven games, recording five double-doubles during that span. For the season, he is shooting better than 49 percent from the floor and nearly 70 percent from the free-throw line. On the other side of the ball, he has established himself as one of the best shot-blockers in the nation. He is averaging 2.3 blocked shots per game which has him ranked second in the league and 47th in the nation.
Hearst also corralled his second accolade of the 2013-14 season after showing off his ability to score the basketball. He averaged 15.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, ranking top 10 in the league in both categories. Hearst proved his offense prowess on several occasions this year, highlighted by a career-high of 33 points against Canisius (1/30). Hearst was 11-of-18 from the field and 8-of-11 from the free-throw line while grabbing six rebounds and handing out four assists. The junior guard totaled 11 20-point games and compiled seven double-doubles on the season. Hearst also set a new career-high with six threes in the season-finale at Marist, becoming the first Bobcat to hit six threes in a game this year.
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Quinnipiac's quest for a MAAC Title and a bid to the NCAA Tournament begins on Saturday, March 8 in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Championships. The Bobcats will take on the winner of No. 6 Marist and No. 11 Niagara which will be played on Thursday night. The MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. will serve as the host site throughout the weekend.
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