Feb. 27, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – UAB’s Chad Frazier sank a layup at the buzzer to lift the visitors past Rice University men’s basketball, 61-60, on Thursday night at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The tight game saw 17 lead changes and neither team led by more than six points. The Owls (7-20, 2-12 C-USA) appeared to take control of the game when Sean Obi knocked down a jumper with 34 seconds remaining to give Rice a 60-59 cushion. The Blazers quickly responded with a layup at the other end to pull back within a point.
UAB (18-10, 7-7) then put on a full-court press with a one-point deficit and 22 seconds left in regulation, but Rice cut through to the front-court. CJ Washington then blocked Seth Gearhart’s layup attempt and gave the Blazers one last chance to win.
After failing to get a good look at the basket, UAB called timeout with just 3.4 seconds left. Frazier then received the inbounds pass, cut to the basket and unleashed a runner just before the clock expired. His attempt rolled around the rim twice before splashing through the net for the win.
Obi led the Owls with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds despite battling foul trouble throughout the second half. The freshman added a block in 21 minutes of action.
Senior Austin Ramljak added 11 points and tied the program’s single-season three-point record of 83 as he sank three treys in the game. He added four rebounds and an assist in 32 minutes of action.
Coming off the bench for the first time this season, Gearhart scored 11 points of his own on 4-of-10 shooting with six rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Keith Washington dished out six of the Owls’ 16 assists to accompany two points, a rebound and a steal in 19 minutes. Max Guercy chipped in three assists with five points and three rebounds and Marcus Jackson added nine points with three assists.
Andrew Drone also played well as a reserve, notching eight points on 3-of-4 shooting with four boards and a block.
UAB’s Frazier led the visitors with 17 points and six assists. Washington and Fahro Alihodzic added double figures in points as well.
Rice shot 39.3 percent compared to UAB’s 36.2 field goal clip, but neither team had much success from beyond the arc. UAB owned a 43-34 advantage on the glass, with 19 offensive rebounds that became 14 second-chance points.
Rice took advantage of UAB’s early shooting woes to stake out a modest lead. The Blazers then rallied back to go ahead by as many as six points in the opening 20 minutes, but the Owls overcame the deficit to take the lead late in the half. UAB got the last word, scoring at the buzzer to take a 31-29 advantage into the locker room.
The Owls head to Middle Tennessee on Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. meeting against the new Conference USA foe. It is Rice’s final road game of the regular season.