Jan. 14, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - With Tulane's Trent Rogers draping him on defense, Rice senior guard Connor Frizzelle released a three-pointer with four tenths of second on the clock. With the ball in midflight, the final horn sounded before swishing through the net and lifting the Owls to their second straight Conference USA win on the road.
Rice defeated the Green Wave 50-49 Saturday night in Fogelman Arena.
Frizzelle's game-winning heroics came after he intentionally missed the second of two free throws with 3.9 seconds to play. He had made the first to pull the Owls to within two points, 49-47. The second attempt caromed off a Tulane defender and out of bounds under the Rice goal.
Rice had 2.1 seconds to get a final shot off. Frizzelle rolled around to the left of the goal and took an inbounds pass from Ahmad Ibrahim. He took one step and dribble to the left and released the game-winner.
With the win, Rice improved to 11-7 and 2-1 in Conference USA play. Tulane, which began the season with nine straight wins, fell to 12-5 and 0-3 in the league.
Rice had enjoyed a six-point lead when Seth Gearhart made a three-pointer with 6:40 to play.
Tulane freshman Ricky Tarrant scored seven straight points during one stretch in the final minutes, tying the game at 42-42 on a fastbreak layup with 4:00 to play.
After missing its next three shots from the field, Rice finally regained the lead, 42-40, on a Dylan Ennis layin with 1:30 to play. Tulane's Jordan Callahan would answer with a three-pointer with 1:01 remaining and the Green Wave would lead by as many as three points in the final minute.
Tarrant's two free throws with seven seconds to play gave the Wave a three-point lead. Tulane would foul Frizzelle with 3.9 seconds to keep Rice from shooting a three-pointer and instead send the Owl senior to the line and set up the crazy finish.
Rice won despite shooting 28.6 percent from the field.
Frizzelle finished with nine points, making just 2-of-10 shots from the field.
Arsalan Kazemi led Rice with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Tarrant scored 13 points to lead the Green Wave while Callahan finished with 12. Josh Davis finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Tulane shot 36 percent from the field and managed to make just 14-of-28 free throws. The Owls outrebounded Tulane 40-35 and scored 13, second-chance points including Frizzelle's game-winner.
Rice did not make a shot from the field in nearly the last six minutes of the first half.
After Tulane's Josh Davis converted on a free throw attempt - the Wave was called for a line violation on the second - Jackson drove inside for a layin that put the Owls in front 20-16 with 5:43 to play in the half.
The Owls were 5-of-6 at the line down the stretch and Frizzelle's free throw on a one-and-one situation gave his team its biggest lead of the half, 25-18 with 36 seconds to play in the period.
The Rice defense held Tulane to 30 percent shooting for the first half and the Green Wave managed to make just two of their final 11 field goal attempts in the period. The Owls also shot 30 percent from the floor in the half but converted on 8-of-10 free throws.
After this past week's successful road swing, the Owls return home this week to play host to UAB on Wednesday and Tulsa on Saturday.
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