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M-Basketball:Ives is Academic Repeater

Senior represents Little East on NABC national Honors Court

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ives_tie_72_2788.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -  Eastern Connecticut State University senior basketball point guard Joe Ives (Avon) represents Eastern Connecticut State University and the Little East Conference as a repeat selection to the 2012/13 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

A total of 700 men's basketball players representing 285 Division I, II, III and NAIA institutions were recognized in the Honors Court for excellence in the classroom. Candidates must have reached junior status and have compiled a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average through the spring semester.

"Joe was a terrific role model on and off the court," said 11th-year head coach Bill Geitner. "His hard work, dedication to excellence, and willingness to give to others make him a truly special young man."

 A four-year letterwinner and 2012/13 tri-captain, Ives had also earned a spot on the team as a junior, along with 2011/12 senior Jamie Kohn. Ives graduated cum laude this past May with a B.A. Degree in Sociology. A three-time member of the Little East All-Academic Team and two-year Eastern/E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, Ives amassed a cumulative 3.52 GPA as an undergraduate. He had a 3.76 GPA in his major.
 
Twenty-one institutions from New England were represented with at least one player on the team, 13 from the Division III level. For the second straight year, Eastern was the lone representative from the Little East Conference.

This past year, Ives helped the Warriors to their first ECAC Division III New England Division  III championship (as the No. 3 seed) and their fourth straight season of at least 20 wins (22-8) and to a program-record 12 regular-season conference victories. Ives started the first 18 games of the season, sat out his first game since his freshman season with a shoulder injury against Rhode Island College Jan. 26, then was sidelined for the final ten games of his career after sustaining a career-ending knee injury Jan. 30 in the final minutes against Wesleyan University.

In 19 starts as a senior, Ives averaged 32.4 minutes, 9.1 points and 2.9 assists and shot a team-leading .861 from the free throw line. In four years (three as a starter), Ives' teams won 87 and lost 34 (.719) overall and were 42-14 (.750) in LEC regular-season play. With Ives, the Warriors won one LEC regular-season championship, finished second once, earned a share of second once, and placed third once. The team qualified for post-season play all four years, reaching the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 in 2011/12 and three times qualifying for the ECAC tournament (twice as the No. 1 seed).

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