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Rase earns two MSC awards

FRANKFORT, Ky. — P.J. Rase has two award-winning point averages.

The Rio Grande RedStorm senior walked away with two honors at the Mid-South Conference all-league banquet Thursday at the Capital Plaza Hotel.

Rase is the RedStorm leading scorer at 16.57 points per game. Those numbers earned him honorable mention on the All-Mid-South team.

Rase also carries better than a 3.25 grade point average that earned the 6-foot-2 guard MSC All-Academic honors.

This is the first season Rio Grande has been a member of the Mid-South Conference. In the All-American Mideast Conference last year, Rase was all-AMC and an NAIA Scholar Athlete.

The awards capped an outstanding season for the former Chesapeake Panthers’ All-Ohio standout.

While the RedStorm was just 5-25 this season and 0-14 in the conference, Rase led the nation in free throw percentage. He made 103-of-109 foul shots for 94.5 percent.

He was also sixth in 3-point goals made with 92, seventh in 3-pointers made per game, and 19th in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.4.

Rio Grande plays in the NAIA tournament at 10 a.m. Friday against MSC regular season champion Campbellsville. Stretch Internet will carry the play-by-play action beginning at 9:45 a.m.