Jan. 5, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rice University men’s basketball was unable to overcome an outstanding shooting performance in a 92-62 setback at Harvard on Saturday afternoon. Max Guercy led the Owls with a season-best 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including a 4-of-4 mark from beyond the arc.
The freshman guard added five of Rice’s (3-10) seven assists and swiped a steal, but the Crimson shot 64.6 percent from the field to build an insurmountable lead beginning late in the first half.
The margin was tight for the game’s first 10 minutes, as Harvard did not lead by more than six points until a 10-point run gave the Crimson (8-5) a 23-10 advantage. From there, Harvard extended its lead to 22 points, 43-21, at the intermission with a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Harvard shot 61.5 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and connected on 6-of-11 three-pointers, while Rice was 6-of-24 from the field and 3-of-11 downtown.
The second half was more of the same, as Harvard connected on 68.2 percent of its shots and 17-of-20 free throws. Rice countered with a 52 field goal percentage and 5-of-11 three-pointers, but the home team’s 49 second-half points were enough to secure the win.
Tamir Jackson nearly collected a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. The senior connected on 6-of-8 free throws and pulled one of the team’s four steals. Julian DeBose added 10 points with three three-pointers and a pair of rebounds before fouling out late in the contest.
Laurent Rivard paced Harvard with 21 points, including 15 in the first half. Wesley Saunders added 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting and 5-5 free throws. Siyani Chambers chipped in a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists.
Rice converted 27 points off 17 forced turnovers, but lost the ball 17 times for 21 Harvard points. The Crimson improved to 2-1 in three all-time meetings between the programs, dating back to 2008.
Harvard held a 33-23 advantage on the glass. Each team scored five second-chance points on the afternoon.
In his second action of the season since joining the team last month, Elliot Franshaw tallied four points, including a two-handed dunk, in six minute on the court. Seth Gearhart helped the effort with six points and four rebounds.
The Owls open Conference USA play on Wednesday as the team hosts Southern Miss for a 7 p.m. contest. Head coach Ben Braun previews league action on Monday night from 7-8 p.m. at Dave and Buster’s in his first radio show of the season.