March 8, 2013
DALLAS, Texas – For the fourth-straight year, Rice University men’s basketball placed two players on the Conference USA academic all-conference team as Seth Gearhart and Austin Ramljak were named to the squad on Friday morning.
Joining the pair is Tulane’s Ben Cherry as well as UTEP’s Cedrick Lang and McKenzie Moore.
Gearhart, a sophomore from Wilsonville, Ore., started in Rice’s first 20 games of the season and averaged 7.0 points and 3.0 rebounds before suffering a foot injury in late January. The 2012 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member boasts a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season and shoots a stellar 86.5 percent from the free throw line. He has scored in double figures six times this season, including a career-best 23 points at Tulane on 8-of-12 shooting with four three-pointers. The Economics major holds a 3.21 grade point average and has led Rice in rebounding four times this year and in assists four times as well.
Ramljak transferred to Rice last summer after spending two years at Ventura College near his hometown of Thousand Oaks, Calif. The junior guard leads the team and ranks eighth in program history with 64 three-pointers made so far this season. Ramljak averages 8.8 points per game and shoots better than 36 percent from beyond the arc. He has started 15 games and led Rice in scoring five times this season, including a season-high 18 points on six three-pointers against Georgia Tech. The Psychology major holds a 3.67 grade point average and was named a 2012 Rice Honor Athlete.
Former Owls Connor Frizzelle and Lucas Kuipers were named to the C-USA all-academic team each of the three years, and Rice has placed at least one student-athlete on the team since its inception in 2007.
Rice hosts Tulsa in the regular season finale on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Owls will honor Tamir Jackson prior to his final home game for the Blue and Gray. Ben Braun Basketball Camp attendees get free admission to the contest by wearing his or her camp t-shirt to the game.