Senior Troy Ruths scored 33 points to lead Washington University (St. Louis) to its first NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball National Championship with a 90-68 victory over second ranked and defending national champion Amherst College on Saturday in Salem, Virginia. (photo by Joe Angeles, WUSTL Photo Services)
Ruths, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship and named the National Player of the Year. Ruths was 9-of-13 from the field and hit a career-high 15-of-17 from the foul line. Ruths averaged 31.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game at the Final Four, shooting 71.4 percent on 20 of 28 from the field and 88.5 percent from the foul line making 23 of 26 attempts.
Sophomore Aaron Thompson added 19 points and four assists, and joined Ruths on the All-Tournament Team. Thompson averaged 17 points and four assists per game during the two-game stretch.
Washington University head coach Mark Edwards , who improved his overall record to 477-233 in 27 seasons.