NJIT Ready for Third CIT Appearance; Host Quinnipiac on Monday Night

NJIT Ready for Third CIT Appearance; Host Quinnipiac on Monday Night

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NEWARK, N.J. – For the third time in program history and second as a member of the ASUN Conference, NJIT tips in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Highlanders host Quinnipiac on Monday night at 7 PM ET with the game set for broadcast on WatchCIT.com.

NJIT enters with a 21-12 record and 8-8 league record, while the Bobcats hold a 16-14 mark after finishing with a 11-7 record in the MAAC. The Highlanders are 6-2 all-time in the CIT after reaching the Semifinal Round in each of their previous appearances in 2015 & 2016. NJIT is 6-0 at home in the postseason tournament as the Highlanders enter looking to set the program's Division I record for wins in a season.

The Highlanders are one of three ASUN teams in postseason play joining Liberty (NCAA) & Lipscomb (NIT). It marks the fifth time in the last six seasons with at least three league teams in postseason action. Make sure to follow @ASUNMBB and @CollegeInsider on Twitter for updates throughout the tournament.

NJIT CIT Postseason Notes
- Second Team All-Conference member Zach Cooks has totaled 561 points this season, which is tied for 71st most in a single-season in league history.
- Cooks is averaging a team-high 17 PPG, which ranks third in the conference. At home, Cooks is producing 17.3 PPG at the WEC including a season-high 27 vs. Army on Dec. 4th.
- Senior Abdul Lewis enters the CIT with 1,015 career points and 773 rebounds in his NJIT career. He is one 20 players in ASUN history with at least 1,000 career points and 770 rebounds.
- Lewis ranks 181st in league history for career points, while he sits 21st for career rebounds. He is averaging 13 PPG & 9.1 RPG entering Monday's game.
- A sophomore, Cooks has racked up a league-best 84 steals this year, which is tied for 10th-most in league single-season history. He averages a league-best 2.5 SPG.
- Diandre Wilson landed a spot on the 2019 ASUN Championship All-Tournament Team after averaging 19.5 PPG including a 26-point effort in the ASUN Quarterfinal win vs. FGCU.
- Wilson has reached double figures in points in each of the last six games, averaging 16.1 PPG over that span. For the season, he is averaging 11.8 PPG.
- NJIT holds the second-best defensive scoring average in the ASUN, holding foes to 67.8 PPG. Quinnipiac enters averaging 73.8 PPG.
- The Bobcats are averaging 11.3 three's made per game entering the CIT, while NJIT holds its opponents to 33.0 percent from deep and only 7.2 three's per game.
- The Highlanders have three players averaging at least 2.0 APG with Cooks (2.2), Lewis (2.1) and Shyquan Gibbs (2.0).
- Cooks leads the ASUN in minutes played per game at 37.2 as the sophomore guard ranks 15th nationally in the category.