Jan. 26, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Seth Gearhart tallied a career-high 23 points and the Owls posted yet another strong start, but Tulane knocked down its free throws in the clutch to hang on for a 73-66 win over Rice University men’s basketball on Saturday afternoon at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Gearhart notched 13 points in the first half and went on to finish the game shooting 8-of-12 with four three-pointers. He led the Owls (4-15, 0-5 C-USA) with seven rebounds and dished out two assists as well.
Each team held a two-possession lead in a back-and-forth opening 20 minutes as Gearhart paced the Owls. Rice was poised to take a two-point lead into the locker room before a last-second put-back knotted the score at 32-32 at the break.
After the intermission, Tulane sparked an 18-7 run to claim an 11-point advantage behind increasingly hot shooting. From there, Rice clawed back within six points on seven occasions late in regulation but was unable to get over the hump and pull any closer.
Tamir Jackson overcame a slow start and a scoreless first half to propel the Owls down the stretch. The senior battled foul trouble to tally 10 points with four rebounds and three assists.
Head coach Ben Braun said after the game, “Tulane wanted to take the ball out of Tamir’s hands and they did that well. He was able to find open players several times, but unfortunately they didn’t knock down all of their shots. Our guys are shooting with confidence though.”
Braun continued, “I was pleased with how Seth played today. He was confident and his shooting really helped spread the floor for us.”
Julian DeBose connected on 4-of-8 attempts from the floorand finished the game with 12 points and three rebounds. He was joined in double figures by Max Guercy, who added 11 points with a three-pointer. The freshman dished out six assists for a third-straight game and did not commit a turnover in 39 minutes of action.
The Green Wave (14-6, 2-3) owned a 38-21 advantage in rebounds, led by nine from Josh Davis. He added 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting for the home team.
The Owls shot 44.0 percent from the floor after sinking 11-of-22 shots in the opening period, while Tulane heated up in the second half to finish with a 46.8 percent mark. Rice sank 15-of-16 foul shots, compared to a 23-of-34 mark for Tulane. After draining 6-of-12 three-pointers in the first half, the Owls finished the game with a 7-of-24 mark from downtown.
Four Rice starters committed four fouls each as the team was whistled for 23 total fouls. The Owls turned the ball over just nine times while forcing 13 Tulane miscues, including seven Rice steals.
The Owls return for a pair of home games next week, beginning with rival Houston on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse against the Cougars.