HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) Basketball is over for the Rice Owls and Head Coach Ben Braun after what would be measured by many to be a successful season. Consider that for the first time during a season that a Rice team has won more than one postseason game and that alone spells progress.
Maybe that progress can’t be measured the same as that of Duke, North Carolina, or Kentucky. But, just the same, it is progress. The Owls won two post-season games during the CIT defeating Louisiana-Lafayette 68-63 in the first round and Drake University 74-68 in a second-round home tournament game. Braun likes the progress.
“It was important for our team to have the opportunity to play in a post-season tournament. That was very significant for our program.”
The Owls would go on to lose in the following round 77-70 at Oakland University. However, they would finish 19-16. The 19 wins are the most ever by a Rice Owls Men’s Basketball team.
“You know the opportunity that we had as a result of our finish, being competitive within our league – I was happy for our players especially for our seniors to have that opportunity. I also thought it was a good step for us on our journey to build our program.”
Seniors Connor Frizzelle, Lucas Kuipers, Emerson Hearndon, and Nate Schwarze played their last games as Rice Owls.