Feb. 13, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall sank its free throws when it counted to sink Rice University men's basketball, 71-70, on Wednesday night at the Cam Henderson Center. The Thundering Herd connected on 10 of its final 11 attempts to hold off a determined Owl squad.
Five Rice players scored in double figures, led by Tamir Jackson's 16, and the team committed just eight turnovers against Marshall's full-court pressure on the night. The lead changed hands 21 times on the night before the Herd (11-14, 4-6) worked up to a five-point advantage with 34 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Owls (5-19, 1-9) cut the score back down to one point in the final moments on a pair of Keith Washington free throws and then a Julian DeBose three-pointer, but Marshall was able to avoid a foul or turnover in the final 1.8 seconds to run out the clock.
After the game, head coach Ben Braun said, "I'm proud that we are still getting better in some respects. We had some key guys get in foul trouble, but other players stepped up. I thought Keith had his best game of the year. To go on the road to Marshall and have a chance to win in the final few possessions really shows that our team is improving."
Washington tallied 10 points and five of Rice's 16 assists. Jackson added five assists of his own and grabbed five rebounds in 28 minutes. The senior battled foul trouble and two apparent injuries in the second half
Austin Ramljak notched 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and hauled in a team-leading seven rebounds. DeBose tallied 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with three rebounds and an assist.
Max Guercy was the fifth Owl to score at least 10 points as the freshman recorded 12 on the night. He added three rebounds and an assist in 36 minutes.
Shaking off Saturday's shooting struggles, the Owls converted 44.4 percent of their shots in the opening 20 minutes, culminating with a Jackson drive in the final possession that knotted the score at 33-33 at halftime.
For the game, Rice shot 48.2 percent from the field and 9-of-27 from three-point distance. The Owls were 7-of-9 from the foul line, compared to 18-of-28 for Marshall, which entered the game shooting just 57 percent from the stripe.
Elijah Pittman led Marshall with a game-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting while DeAndre Kane dished out 10 of his team's 14 assists on the night. The Thundering Herd shot 51.1 percent from the field and owned a 31-25 advantage on the glass.
The Owls conclude the road trip on Saturday at UAB. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT against the Blazers.