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Rase nets 34 in his final game

FRANKFORT, Ky. — It wasn’t the kind of season a player wants to remember, but it was a game that P.J. Rase won’t forget.

In his final collegiate game, the Rio Grande RedStorm senior guard matched a career high with 34 points. But his efforts weren’t enough as the RedStorm fell to top-seeded Campbellsville 93-77 in the first round of the Mid-South Conference.

Rase also came into the game leading the nation in free throw shooting and only solidified his position. He converted an amazing 17-of-17 at the foul line.

He was 7-of-18 from the field including 3-of-8 from behind the 3-point arc.

“Best shooter in the country. He’s the best shooter in the country,” said Rio Grande head coach Ken French. “He proved that he should have been first team all-conference and there won’t be anyone else who will score 34 points in this tournament probably.

“P.J. is a great kid, a great young man we’ve talked about numerous times. I love P.J. Rase and we’re going to miss him a lot.”

Rio Grande finished the season 5-26 overall.