Nov. 12, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men's basketball shook off the effects of a 90-minute delay to start strong on Tuesday night before Southeastern Louisiana rallied back and knocked down a jumper with 5.0 seconds remaining to claim a 63-62 win at Tudor Fieldhouse. The contest began at 8:30 p.m. after power was knocked out in the area for roughly an hour just before the scheduled 7 p.m. start.
Despite never leading by more than two points on the night, the Lions (1-1) found themselves in position to win the game as they gained possession under their offensive basket with a 62-61 deficit and 8.0 seconds on the game clock. Joshua Filmore dribbled off a screen near the right elbow of the free throw line and sank the game winner with 5.0 ticks remaining.
After a timeout, the Owls charged up the court for a final attempt, but the shot at the buzzer fell just short to deal Rice its first loss of the young season.
Rice freshmen big men Andrew Drone and Sean Obi went to work in the paint early in the game, combining for 13 points and six rebounds in the first half. The Owls worked up to as much as a 16-point lead in the opening 20 minutes and took a 36-22 lead into the locker room thanks to a 48.3 shooting percentage and 5-of-6 mark from the foul line.
Rice then missed its first four shots in the second half as SLU climbed back within 37-32. SLU pulled within three points midway through the second half. The Lions eventually climbed all the way back and took a brief two-point lead with six minutes remaining.
From there it was back-and-forth as neither team led by more than two points in the game's final seven minutes, setting up the final sequence. After shooting 35.0 percent in the first half, SLU connected on 55.2 percent of attempts after the intermission.
Rice shot 42.9 percent in the game and sank 4-of-18 three-pointers. The Owls were again right at 70 percent from the charity stripe, sinking 16-of-23 attempts.
Marcus Jackson matched his scoring output from Saturday's opener off the bench and led Rice with 12 points and four assists. Obi finished with 11 points, six rebounds and a pair of assists while shooting 5-of-6 from the field, while Drone added six points and four boards while shooting 3-of-5.
Led by Jackson, the Owls owned a 29-10 advantage in bench points. SLU claimed a 32-31 victory on the glass and each team converted offensive boards into eight points.
The Owls take to the road for the first time this season on Friday for an 8 p.m. contest at Texas A&M. The game will be broadcast on FSN as well as ESPN3 and WatchESPN.