Feb. 23, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas – Six three-pointers and 30 total points from Tulane’s Ricky Tarrant were too much for Rice University men’s basketball to overcome as the Owls fell, 89-64, on Saturday night at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Tamir Jackson and Max Guercy led Rice with 19 points each as the team worked hard to overcome a second-half deficit. After trailing by as many as 14 points early in the frame, the Owls (5-21, 1-11) cut the Green Wave lead down to seven points with 14 minutes remaining. From there, Tarrant scored Tulane’s (18-9, 6-6) next nine points to help the visitors regain a double-figure cushion.
Several athletic drives to the basket kept the game within reach for Rice as the team cut the deficit back down to as few as 10 points with 10 minutes remaining in regulation before Tulane used one more solid run to put the game out of reach. It was the Green Wave’s fourth win in its last five outings.
Head coach Ben Braun said after the game, “Two areas gave Tulane about two-thirds of their points, and those were points off turnovers and second-chance points. If we can eliminate those, it’s a different game. But Tarrant is a tremendous player for them and he shot the ball extremely well tonight.”
The Green Wave held a 39-23 advantage on the glass and converted 16 offensive rebounds into 25 second-chance points. The visitors added 21 points off of 14 Rice turnovers.
Jackson shot 5-of-15 from the field and knocked down 9-of-10 free throws on the night to accompany four rebounds and three assists. The senior passed Greg Hines (1983-87) for sixth place on the program’s career scoring list at 1,559 points.
Guercy did more of his damage from downtown, sinking 3-of-5 three-pointers and 6-of-10 shots overall. He matched a season high with five steals and added three boards with a pair of assists.
The Owls started the game shooting 2-of-9 from the field and fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first half before rallying to quickly cut the deficit to 10 points. Tulane responded just before the intermission to take a 36-25 lead into the locker room at the break.
For the game, Rice shot 43.2 percent from the field and knocked down 5-of-17 three-pointers. The Owls added 21-of-27 free throws for a 77.8 percent mark as well. Tulane shot 49.1 percent from the field, including a 50-percent clip in the second half. On the strength of Tarrant’s 6-of-8 mark from downtown, Tulane shot 9-of-17 from behind the arc.
Julian DeBose chipped in nine points on 3-of-5 shooting for Rice while Austin Ramljak, Keith Washington and Bahrom Firozgary added five each. DeBose, Jackson, Ramljak and Ross Wilson hauled in four rebounds each.
Josh Davis added a double-double for Tulane with 23 points and 16 boards, including a 9-for-16 tally at the free throw line.
The Owls travel to Dallas on Wednesday to take on SMU. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.
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