Pirates hold on after hot start, 65-53
Owls fall in first road Conference USA game
Panthers claim 71-60 down the stretch
Rice's home winning streak snapped by Crimson
Rice returns home to host Harvard on Saturday
Rice Basketball, 2013-14
Rice vs. FAU | Jan. 11, 2014
USA Today Images Jan. 4, 2014
Dec. 21, 2013 Dickies Shootout Toyota Center
Rice topped South Alabama, 96-93, in three overtimes.
2014 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll member ... connected on 48.5 percent of two-point attempts for the season ... shot 32.1 percent from the field overall for 68 points as a rookie (2.6 ppg) ... saw action in 26 games, including one start ... averaged 10.7 minutes per game with 37 rebounds, nine steals and three blocked shots.
Dished out a season-high four assists at East Carolina ... added three points, two assists and a steal ... pulled a season-best two steals against Marshall ... made his first-career start at Southern Miss and dished out one assist ... passed a season-high three assists and added three rebounds and two points against Florida Atlantic ... matched his season scoring high with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting against FIU ... added a season-high four rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes ... scored a season-high eight points against Harvard ... connected on 2-of-4 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws ... added two assists and two rebounds ... matched his season best with three rebounds at Texas ... added three points in 11 minutes ... grabbed a then-season-high three rebounds and added two points against Houston ... played 18 minutes in the win against South Alabama ... notched two points and an assist ... recorded four points on 2-of-2 shooting at Santa Clara ... added an assist in nine minutes ... tallied three points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in a season-high 18 minutes against Princeton ... matched a season high in scoring with five points on 2-of-2 shooting in the win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ... sank both two-point attempts for four points at Texas A&M ... added two rebounds, an assist and a steal ... knocked down 2-of-3 attempts for five points against Southeastern Louisiana ... made his collegiate debut in the opener against St. Thomas with three points and a steal in eight minutes of action ... sank his lone three-point attempt.
Pinnacle High School
Won the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award, which recognizes students that demonstrate outstanding achievement in both athletics and academics ... named a top-three recruit in Arizona by multiple scouting services ... honored as an all-American by the Arizona Coaches Association and United Dairymen ... led coach Charlie Wilde's team to a 27-7 record and Division I Section III championship and appearance in the state championship ... played through a sprained ankle to score 24 points in the championship game and help his team to within four points of the title ... averaged 14.1 points on 41 percent shooting and 80 percent foul shooting ... added 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game ... made an appearance in the state tournament semifinal as a junior after averaging 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists his junior season ... other individual accomplishments include Phoenix Player of the Year, Pangos All-America Camp invite, and multiple all-star, all-section, all-conference and all-state awards.
Full name: Drew Nicholas Bender ... son of Ron and Cori Bender ... born April 22, 1995 in Phoenix, Ariz. ... competed for Arizona Future as well as Los Angeles' Compton Magic AAU programs and earned a pair of top-three rankings from state recruiting services ... younger sister, Danielle, is committed to attend and play basketball at Fresno Pacific University ... father, Ron, runs the AAU Arizona Future program ... helped found the Muscular Dystrophy Club at Pinnacle HS, to promote awareness of the disease ... Rice major: Undeclared (Social Sciences Division) ... Rice College: Baker.
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