Forward finishes second on Owls in rebounds, blocks and steals in junior campaign

After being sidelined by a foot injury last year, Seth Gearhart was a reliable contributor for the Rice men’s basketball team this season.

The Wilsonville alumnus ranked second on the team in rebounding, Seth Gearhartsteals and blocks while averaging 6.8 points per game, reaching double digits six times. He played in all 30 of the Owls’ games, logging 28 starts.

The 6-foot-7 junior forward’s most productive outing was a 20-point effort against Rider (N.J.) in late November in which he went 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. He was named to the Cable Car Classic all-tournament team.

Rice finished its season with a 7-23 record, including 2-14 in Conference USA. It lost in overtime to North Texas in its first league tournament game despite 11 points from Gearhart.

Change is coming for the Owls. Ben Braun recently resigned after going 63-128 in six years at the helm, and former Virginia Commonwealth assistant Mike Rhoades has been tabbed as his replacement.

By Jeff Goodman
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