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Images from the Owls' final regular season game against Houston.
Images from the Owls' exciting 77-75 win over UTEP played Feb. 1, 2012.
Images from Rice Basketball's Conference USA opener against Marshall played Jan. 7, 2012.
Images from Rice University's 65-58 road win at Texas A&M Dec. 22, 2011.
Images from the Owls' 65-58 win over Texas A&M played Dec. 22, 2011.
Had a breakout sophomore season in which he shattered the Rice single-season block record ... had 54 blocks during the season, breaking the former single-season record of 45 set by Yamar Diene during the 2002-03 season ... had multiple-block performances 16 times during the year, including a Rice game-record-typing six blocks against Marshall and five against Houston in the final regular season game of the season ... ranked 93rd nationally with a 1.59 blocks per game average ... for the year averaged 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds ... shot 62.9 percent from the field which ranks second all-time on the Rice single-season list ... was also one of the Owls' leading free throw shooters, converting on 71.2 percent of his shots at the line.
Against Maryland-Eastern Shore, scored a career-high 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting and a 7-for-8 performance at the free throw line ... also had two blocks in the game ... blocked three shots in the Owls' game against Iowa State which at the time was a career high ... notched his first career, double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in road win at Houston Baptist ... also had three blocks against the Huskies ... suffered an ankle sprain in practice leading up to the St. Thomas game and did not play ... scored four points, had 3three rebounds and a block in the Owls' win at Texas A&M ... converted lone field goal attempt and was 2-for-2 at the free throw line.
Posted his second career double-double, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Owls' CUSA opener against Marshall ... also tied a Rice school record, blocking six shots against the Thundering Herd ... made second start of the season against Tulsa and had six points, two rebounds and a block ... foul trouble limited him to 18 minutes of playing time ... in an 88-74 win over Tulane, scored 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting, had eight assists and two blocks ... had four blocks against UTEP ... came off the bench to score 11 points and grab eight rebounds in the game ... scored six points and had three rebounds on the road at East Carolina ... three rebounds allowed him to pass Dave Louwerse for second on the single-season block list ... Louwerse had 40 blocks during the 1974-75 season ... in second conference start of the season in the Owls' loss at Tulsa scored 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting ... pickued up his 46th block of the season at Southern Miss to establish a new Rice single-season record ... scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in the Owls' road win at UTEP ... first of consecutive three-point plays against the Miners gave Rice the lead for good, 41-39 with 10:08 to play ... registered third double-double of the season against Houston, scoring 11 points and hauling in 11 rebounds ... also had five blocks in the game.
Saw action in 16 games during rookie season ... averaged 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds as a freshman ... first career points came against Grambling State ... was 2-for-3 in the game and established a career high with two rebounds and had a block in the game ... in four minutes of action against Arizona scored five points ... was 2-for-2 from the field and knocked down his first career free throw attempt ... was 2-for-2 from the field in six minutes of play against UALR, finishing with four points, a block and a steal ... saw most significant playing time at Tulsa, scoring nine points, grabbing four rebounds and registering two steals in 14 minutes of action ... played nine minutes against UTEP and had three rebounds and a block in the game ... scored seven points against Tulsa in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Championship played in El Paso ... in eight minutes of playing time against TU, was 3-for-4 from the field and also grabbed three rebounds.
Extensive international experience as a member of Egypt's Junior National team ... one of the leading rebounders and shot blockers at FIBA's 2009 U19 World Championship played in New Zealand ... ranked fourth at the championship in rebounding, averaging 8.4 boards per game and was ninth in blocks, averaging 1.4 per contest ... additionally, averaged 11.9 points and shot 53.9 percent from the field over eight games played at the championship ... had double-doubles in Egypt's final two games, capped by a 24-point, 11-rebound effort against Kazakhstan ... also had a 13-point, 12-rebound game against Spain during the tournament ... in pool play, led Egypt with 15 points and had eight rebounds against Team USA ... played in the same championship as an Iranian team captained by current Rice forward Arsalan Kazemi.
A member of Egypt's 2008 FIBA Africa U18 Championship team which won the African Cup with an 8-0 record ... averaged nine points and six rebounds during the championship ... junior national team was coached by Hesham Saleh.
Born Sept. 8, 1991 in Cairo, Egypt ... son of Tarek Saiid Oraby and Omneya Saad Gohar ... brother, Mohamed, played handball for the Egyptian National Team ... has an older sister, Mayar ... McMurtry College.