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HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University men's basketball head coach Tom Moore announced Friday that senior guard Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) will lead the Bobcats as the team captain for the 2014-15 campaign.
"I am proud to announce that Zaid Hearst will be captain of our 2014-15 Quinnipiac basketball team," said Moore, who enters his eighth year at the helm of the program. "I have never named a captain in my seven years as head coach here but Zaid's leadership, work ethic, and will to win have set him apart from some of the other great leaders we have had in the past. In addition to being an outstanding player, Zaid has been a role model in the classroom and in the Quinnipiac community as well."
Hearst, a 2014 All-MAAC selection, returns for his final year of eligibility this coming fall. The 6-foot-4 wingman flourished in 2013-14, averaging 15.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Hearst reached double-figures in 25 out of the 32 games, eclipsing the 20-point plateau on 11 different occasions. It was Hearst's consistency throughout the season that helped propel Quinnipiac to 20 wins and a trip to the MAAC Semifinals in the team's first year in the new league.
"It's an honor to be named team captain for my senior season," said Hearst. "Knowing that I have earned the trust of Coach Moore, the assistant coaches and my teammates is a tremendous feeling, and I will work hard to represent the program and the University in the best way possible. My expectations are the same as they were last year, to win the MAAC Championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament."
Through his first three years at Quinnipiac, Hearst has developed into a premier player around the region. The Bethesda, Md. native has played in every game since joining the team back in 2011, accumulating a scoring average of 11.2 points per contest. Hearst etched his name into the QU record books last season as well, scoring his 1,000th career point with a 25-point effort against Marist on March 2. Hearst ranked among the league leaders in scoring average, rebounding average, free-throw percentage, three-point field goal percentage and double-doubles.
Hearst is one of 11 returning players from last year's roster to go along with five incoming student-athletes. In 2013-14, Quinnipiac finished with a 20-12 record with a 14-6 mark in conference play. The 20-win season was strong enough to earn an at-large bid into the CIT Tournament - a fourth national postseason tournament bid in the last five years.
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team kicks off the 2014-15 campaign on Friday, November 14, 2014 against cross-town rival Yale in the sixth annual Connecticut 6 Classic at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden.
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