Nov. 20, 2011
HOUSTON - After giving up the opening basket, Rice scored 20 straight points and cruised to an 81-49 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore Sunday afternoon in Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Owls, now 3-0, wrap up a home stand to begin the season when they take on Florida A&M Tuesday night in a campus site game of the South Padre Island Invitational. Tip-off for Tuesday's game is 7 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast by 1560 The Game (KGOW).
In a week in which the Owls will play four games, no Rice student-athlete saw more than 25 minutes of playing time in Sunday's win.
Following Tuesday's game, Rice travels to South Padre for games against Northern Iowa and Iowa State Friday and Saturday.
After Ishaq Pitt gave UMES its only lead on the Hawks' opening possession, Lucas Kuipers answered at the other end with a jumper then nailed a three-pointer on the Owls' next time down the floor to put Rice out in front. Connor Frizzelle canned a pair of three-pointers, Kuipers nailed another trey and Arsalan Kazemi had a couple dunks during the rally.
Rice led 38-23 at halftime but the Owls extended the lead after intermission. Sophomore center Omar Oraby scored a career-high 17 points, all in the second half, to lead Rice in scoring.
Kazemi played just 22 minutes including six in the second half, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds. Frizzelle also had 11 points and while Lucas Kuipers finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
Jackson scored a career-high 29 points in last Thursday's win over Southern but took just two shots in Sunday's game. The junior guard did have six assists and a steal in 21 minutes of play. Freshman point guard Dylan Ennis came off the bench to score seven points, dish out four assists and grab three rebounds.
Rice shot 52 percent from the field as a team and outrebounded the Hawks 45-29. UMES converted just 29.6 percent of its field goal attempts.
Maryland-Eastern Shore was led by Louis Bell and Percy Woods who each scored 16 points. Bell converted 4-of-6 three-pointers while Woods came off the bench to make 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
The Hawks, 1-3, are in the midst of a six-game road stand. They play at Kansas State on Tuesday.