After posting the best season of his three-year Terrier career, Hiram men's basketball senior, Marcel Rice, has been named an All-North Coast Athletic Conference Honorable Mention selection, announced the NCAC on Tuesday afternoon.
Rice was third Terrier senior to be named to the All-NCAC list over the last two seasons after Kelvin Jones and TJ Warren both earned all-conference selections in 2017-18.
Making the most of his first year as a full-time starter, Rice posted career bests in nearly every major statistical category.
Hiram's lone senior was the only player on the roster to start all 26 games while averaging 24.8 minutes per night. He more than doubled his points per game average, finishing the season with 11.9 per night. In addition, he tallied career bests in rebounds per game (6.2) and field goal percentage (.504) while leading the NCAC in blocks per game (1.8).
Rice was an enforcer inside the paint throughout the season, swatting a career-best 47 shots, posting 17 more than any other player in the conference. He posted multiple blocked shots 14 times on the year, snagging a career-high six in the season opener against Nazareth.
In the scoring column, Rice posted double-digit outputs 17 times on the year, breaking the 20-point plateau, three times. In the bulk of the conference schedule, including the last 14 games of the season, rice scored in double digits 11 times, posting all three of his career bests.
His top game of 2018-19 came in a victory on the road at Kenyon College, where he tallied a career-best 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting. That mark was the second-highest total by a Terrier this season.
Rice was at his best against the top competition in the NCAC as the Terrier senior led the charge when it came to conference foes. He posted a team-best 13.0 points per night, shooting .517 from the floor while adding six rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
Overall, Rice helped lead the Terriers to a 12-win season, including nine in conference play, and the sixth seed in the NCAC Championship Tournament. The award marks the first of his career.