TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's basketball team earned a Team Academic Excellence Award and five student-athletes were honored for their academic success in results released by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
The Team Academic Excellence Award recognize outstanding academic achievement by having the men's basketball team achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Rose-Hulman was one of 96 institutions to earn a spot on the inaugural squad.
Rose-Hulman was joined by Indiana State University and Taylor University as the only Indiana based schools to earn Team Academic Excellence Award. The Fightin' Engineers were joined by Mount St. Joseph as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference winners.
Five members of the Rose-Hulman basketball team were named to the inaugural NABC Honors Court for their efforts last year. Individuals earning spots on the team included mechanical engineering major Alec Houpt (Chesterton), mechanical engineering major Jordy Martin (New Albany), mechanical engineering major Nick McDonough (Guilford/East Central), engineering management graduate student Jordan Nielson (Syracuse, Utah/Clearfield) and civil engineering major James Pillischafske (Louisville, Ky./Male).
Requirements for the NABC Honors Court included student-athletes completing their junior or senior year with a 3.20 grade point average as a member of the varsity team.
Rose-Hulman reached the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second consecutive year last season with a 24-4 record to match the best mark in school history. The Fightin' Engineers won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament titles, and also earned a statistical national championship for scoring defense (51.8 points per game).
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