Nov. 12, 2010
The Owls shot only 29 percent in the first half and trailed the Celts 30-29 at halftime. Rice was 0-for-13 from three-point range in the opening half and missed its first 15 shots from behind the arc.
Stanton, Rice's 6-10 center came off the bench to become the team's principal offensive threat. He scored 10 of his team-leading 17 points in the opening half. For the game, he also had six rebounds.
Kazemi fouled twice early in the game and did not have a field goal attempt in seven minutes of play in the first half. He fought off Celts defenders determined to make the sophomore work hard to get open. He was fouled often and hard but delivered in making 9-of-10 free throws. He finished with 13 points and equaled a career high with 14 rebounds to post his 10th career double-double.
The Owls led just 39-36 following a Kosi Nwosu jumper with 14:50 to play but from there the Owls put together a 13-2 run that stretched the margin to 14 points, 52-38 with 8:10 left.
After Stanton had answered Nwosu's jumper with a Rice basket, the Owls' rally was sparked on the defensive side of the floor. Owl starting guard Tamir Jackson deflected the ball from Caleb Williams. Williams dived on the floor to try to regain control but flipped the ball instead to Rice's Connor Frizzelle who pushed the ball up the floor and made a pass back to Jackson who found Kazemi open for a dunk.
Other bright spots for the Owls on Friday was a 4-for-4 shooting night by Suleiman Braimoh who finished with 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Frizzelle finished with nine points and three steals.
The Owls' bench scored 37 of the team's 63 points.
Rice was held to 34 percent shooting for the game but made 27-of-33 free throws (81.8 percent). The Owls outrebounded UST 50-28.
Celts guard Jeremy Lewis led his team in scoring with 19 points, hitting on four, three-pointers.
St. Thomas is now 2-2 on the year.
Friday's game begins a busy first weekend for Rice. The Owls will play host to Grambling on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is 3 p.m. Rice will play on the road for the first time next Thursday at Santa Clara.
Rice tickets are available by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at (713) 522-6957 or by visiting RiceOwls.com.