"[The award] means a lot," Rice said. "First of all I wouldn't be here without my teammates and them putting me in those situations to help me be effective during the game. I'm just going to give all the praise to them and to coach for recognizing me."
Rice was also near the Top 10 in the league in rebounding and sixth in the conference in steals.
"He earned it," said head coach John Groce. "He impacted the game on the offensive end as well as on the defensive end and rebounding the ball. Nnanna [Egwu] won the Rebounding Award but beat [Rice] by one total rebound."
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