KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Titus Rice showed off his athleticism much to judges’ gratification.
Rice, senior basketball player at Ottawa University, was runner-up in the NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament Slam Dunk Contest by just one point. The competition took place between quarterfinal games Saturday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Rice scored 94 points out of 100, second only to Brandon Moss, a 6-9 senior forward from Louisiana State University-Alexandria, who scored 95. Rice, a 6-4 guard who averaged 14.2 points per game this season, advanced to the finals along with Moss. There, Rice scored 47 points on both of his dunks, whereas Moss scored a perfect 50 on his first dunk, which ended up being the difference.
Each contestant got two dunks with five judges rating the dunks on a scale of 1-10, with 50 being the max score.
On his 50-point dunk, Moss leaped over two of his teammates, both more than 6-feet tall, as well as two young boys from the audience — the four of them stacked up in a row in front of the basket. He cleared all four and made the dunk.
Rice received an outpouring of support on social media, including Ottawa Men’s Hoops (@braveshoops) tweeting his dunks.