Feb. 16, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Tamir Jackson notched a game-high 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting but UAB shot a solid 50 percent from the field with 11 three-pointers to top Rice University men’s basketball, 80-57, on Saturday evening at Bartow Arena.
The senior shot 5-of-8 from the field in the opening 20 minutes to help buoy the Owls (5-20, 1-10) and continued to show aggressiveness throughout the game to notch his seventh 20-point outing of the season. He added three rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Head coach Ben Braun noted that an early second-half stretch was the difference in the game, noting “UAB went through a stretch where they shot the ball very well. I thought that was the difference in the game. I thought we played very well in the first half. They came out in the second half making shots and forced us to call a timeout. That allowed them to gain a cushion and we could not recover.”
Efficient shooting in the opening 20 minutes allowed UAB to take a 16-point lead late in the first half before the Owls rallied with a 9-2 run to close out the frame, including four of Jackson’s 11 first-half points.
UAB again got a strong start to the second half, scoring the period’s first six points and regaining a double-figure lead for good. The Blazers (12-14, 4-7) shot 50 percent in each half and drained 11-of-24 three-point attempts on the night.
Julian DeBose also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points, including a 4-of-5 mark from the foul line. The sophomore added three of the team’s 30 rebounds.
Ross Wilson came within two points of his season scoring high with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting. The freshman led Rice with five rebounds and added two assists. Wilson helped the Owls amass 30 points in the paint on the night, as the squad shot just 3-of-18 from downtown.
Rice finished the night with a 36.4 percent mark from the field, but sank 14-of-18 free throws. Max Guercy chipped in seven points, two rebounds and a pair of assists, while Keith Washington came off the bench to add five points, four rebounds and three assists in the game.
Jordan Swing notched a double-double for the Blazers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Preston Purifoy matched him for the team lead with 19 points of his own.
The Owls return home to host Tulane on Saturday in the second regular season meeting with the Green Wave. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.
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