Sophomore Marcus Jackson led the Owls with 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting. He knocked down 3-of-6 three-pointers and all six foul shots in 24 minutes of action. Three other Rice players scored in double figures, including a complete game from senior Seth Gearhart, who tallied 12 points, and led the team with eight rebounds and five blocks.
Max Guercy added 12 points with three assists and three treys to accompany four rebounds, while Andrew Drone scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes of action.
The Owls shot 41.7 percent from the field with nine three-pointers and an impressive 23-of-28 mark at the free throw line. Rice converted 15 assists on 25 field goals while scoring 26 points in the paint and converting 18 LETU turnovers into 21 points on the other end.
It didn't take long for the Owls' full-court pressure to fluster the visiting Yellow Jackets and Rice's balanced attack resulted in seven different players making the team's first seven baskets as Rice staked a 20-point lead late in the first half. The Owls pushed the advantage to as many as 25 points in the period before a buzzer-beating heave from beyond half court pulled LeTourneau back within 47-25 at the intermission.
The second half was more of the same as the Owls led by 35 points at the midway point in the period. Rice utilized a number of different lineups down the stretch as 13 different players saw the court en route to an 18-point victory.
In his unofficial Rice debut, graduate transfer Van Green started and dished out three assists to go along with two points and two rebounds. Freshman Maurice Rivers added eight points and five boards off the bench. Several of his classmates got in on the action as well as Nate Pollard and Oliver Xu scored five points apiece. Pollard added four rebounds - including two on the offensive glass - and blocked a shot in 17 minutes. Xu hauled in two rebounds of his own. Bishop Mency added three points and three rebounds as well.
Rice limited LETU to 32.8 percent shooting in the game. The teams tied in the battle of the boards with 40 rebounds each. The Owls swiped eight steals on the evening and scored 26 points in the paint.
The Owls officially open the season on Friday, Nov. 14 at Oregon State. The game will be broadcast on PAC-12 Networks Oregon and is slated for a 9 p.m. CT tipoff in Corvallis.
Season and single game tickets are on sale now by calling 713-522-OWLS or visiting RiceOwls.com.