By Steven Ceruti
After scoring 30 points in a 73-66 win over Maine Tuesday, Nov. 25, men’s basketball forward Justin Rutty is this week’s pick for WQAQ Athlete of the Week. The Bobcats improved to 3-2 on the season behind Rutty’s 13-for-16 shooting performance and seven rebounds. Rutty, who is a sophomore from New York, doubled his previous high scoring performance of 14 and played 32 minutes, good for third on the team.
He did not miss a shot in the first half going 5-for-5 from the floor after leading the NEC in field goal percentage last season. His 30 points were clearly the difference in a game that was close throughout. The Bobcats knew he was on and kept feeding him the ball. Rutty is second on the team in scoring this season, averaging just over 14 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding, averaging 6.3 per game. Rutty has stepped up his play in the post for the Bobcats this season with Louis Brookins out with injury.
With Rutty emerging as a true low post threat, the Bobcats have another weapon they can use and he will only get better as the season goes on. He is one of the better offensive rebounders in the NEC and gives his teammates more opportunities to score. A player like Justin Rutty is someone any coach would like to have on their team because of his hard work and willingness to do the hard things. Rutty and the Bobcats take on Monmount in their NEC conference opener Saturday, Dec. 6 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center at 2 p.m.