Jan. 12, 2011
HOUSTON - Connor Frizzelle sent Wednesday's Conference USA game against Southern Miss to overtime with a late three-pointer, but the Golden Eagles scored the final six points of the extra period to beat Rice 81-78 in Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Owls fell to 8-9 and 0-3 and will venture to UTEP Saturday in search of their first conference win of the season. Southern Miss is now 13-3 and 2-1.
Rice led by as many as 13 points early in the second half but the Owls found themselves down by three, 66-63 on a three-pointer by LaShay Page with 1:20 to play in regulation.
Arslan Kazemi scored on a nice pass from Lucas Kuipers to cut the advantage to one before D.J. Newbill drove inside for a basket that gave USM another three-point lead with 32 seconds left.
After an Owl timeout, Trey Stanton got a look at a three-pointer. His shot was blocked by Gary Flowers but Stanton was able to track down his own rebound and toss it back outside to Frizzelle who knocked down the game-tying shot with 17 seconds left. USM would get a final opportunity to win the game in regulation but Page missed from outside and Kazemi came down with the rebound.
Rice quickly grabbed a seven-point lead in overtime.
Rice controlled the opening tip and Kazemi got free for a dunk on the Owls' first possession. USM would answer with a bucket by Josimar Ayarza. But Tamir Jackson would knock down a three-pointer then hit four straight free throws to put Rice in front 77-70 with 2:58 to play.
After Jackson's second set of free throws, Page answered the Golden Eagles' next time down the floor with another trey. After Stanton missed a three, Flowers made a pair of free throws and the Rice lead was down to two points, 77-75 with 2:08 to play.
Frizzelle made the second of two free throw attempts to give Rice a three-point lead.
Flowers scored on an offensive putback of a Page miss then Sai'Quon Stone scored after stealing the ball and driving down the court and inside for a floater to put USM up 79-78 with 31 seconds to play.
Rice got one last possession with the clock winding down but Jackson was called for a charge when he drove into the lane with 3.9 seconds left. After a Rice foul on the inbounds, Flowers made two more free throws to account for the final margin.
Flowers finished with a game-high 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Against one of the nation's leading defensive teams, Rice shot 47 percent from the field but turned the ball over 21 times, including five times in overtime.
USM entered the game allowing opponents to shoot just 38.6 percent from the field.
Behind Frizzelle's team-high 21 points, Jackson scored 19 while Kuipers scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half. Kazemi finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Page was 4-for-9 from three-point range and finished with 15 points and three assists for Southern Miss.