Jan. 18, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Rice University men’s basketball rallied back from a slow start but ultimately fell short in a 58-41 setback at Tulane on Saturday evening. Sean Obi notched his sixth double-double of the season with team highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Obi connected on 3-of-4 attempts from the field and 6-of-8 foul shots in 22 minutes. Austin Ramljak also reached double figures with 12 points of his own on 3-of-9 shooting and 3-of-4 foul shots.
The Owls (5-12, 0-4 C-USA) shot 28.3 percent from the field in the game and connected on 4-of-24 three-pointers on the night. Tulane (10-9, 2-2) didn’t fare all that much better from the field with a 39.6 field goal percentage and the Owl defense kept the Green Wave 10 points below its season scoring average in the contest.
Rice battled foul trouble throughout the first half with 10 team fouls. Tulane came from behind early on with a 21-2 run to close out the frame while a trio of Owls watched from the bench with a pair of fouls each. Neither team found its shooting touch from the field to open the game, but eight second-chance points and 4-of-9 three-pointers helped the home team stake out a 28-14 lead at the intermission.
Despite the halftime deficit, the Owls came out strong after the break, scoring 11-straight points to pull back within 28-21 with more than 17 minutes remaining in regulation. The Owls needed just 10 minutes in the frame to match their first-half scoring output.
Tulane regrouped soon after and responded with a run of its own to regain a double-figure lead. The home team shot 46.2 percent in the second half with five more three-pointers to maintain a cushion for the 58-41 win.
Keith Washington led the squad with three assists and added five points, four rebounds and a steal on the night. Rice dished out 10 assists on 13 field goals in the game as Gearhart and Max Guercy added a pair each.
Tulane held a 39-34 rebound advantage and committed just 10 turnovers to Rice’s 16, which turned into 18 Green Wave points. Rice outscored Tulane, 9-8, in fast-break points and nearly matched the Wave in points in the paint, with just a 20-18 deficit.
Jay Hook led Tulane in scoring with 17 points while Tre Drye grabbed 10 rebounds and Jonathan Stark dished eight of the squad’s 13 assists.
The Owls return home to host Marshall on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.