Matt Pepdjonovic became the all-time career leader in rebounds for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference during the Rams basketball team's 78-65 victory over Mount Ida College Mustangs on Tuesday.
Pepdjonovic recorded his 56th career double-double, scoring 16 points and collecting 19 rebounds as he surpassed the 1,192 career total of Albertus Magnus College's Raymond Askew ('12) to become the league's top rebounder.
In 99 career games, Pepdjonovic has 1,208 career boards. He entered Tuesday's contest needing four to surpass the mark and reached it six minutes into the game with an offensive rebound. In fitting fashion Pepdjonovic scored a layup on the play. He already holds the GNAC's record for rebounds within conference games, with a career total of 856.
Pepdjonovic also holds Suffolk's all-time career rebound record, a mark he set on Nov. 20, passing Christos Tsiotos' ('77) total of 1,015. Pepdjonovic and Tsiotos are the only two players in the basketball program's 65-year history to score at least 1,000 career points while also collecting 1,000 career rebounds. Pepdjonovic is one of three GNAC players to reach the grand total in both categories during a career.
The 6-foot-6-inch senior forward set the league's career mark on Jan. 21 for blocked shots -- previously 209 -- and had 231 through Tuesday.
He is ranked eighth in Suffolk men's basketball history with 1,419 career points, while his 585 field goals made him seventh among all-time Rams scorers.
Pepdjonovic has been a force among NCAA Division-III men's basketball players:
- GNAC Rookie of the Year for the 2009-10 season
- Ranked third nationally in 2010-11, with a 13.3-rebounds-per-game average, earning first team All-Conference GNAC honors
- Ranked second in the nation in double-doubles in 2011-12, recording 21 in 25 games, averaging 17 points per game; had second highest Division-III rebound average, with 13.6 per game
In four seasons Pepdjonovic holds averages of 14.3 points per game and 12.2 rebounds per game.
Through Feb. 12, Pepdjonovic was averaging 9.9 points per game and 10.1 rebounds in 23 games on the season.