Men's Basketball Rally Falls Just Short Against William & Mary

Nov. 22, 2014

Final Stats

HOUSTON, Texas - Trailing by 15 points with two minutes to play, Rice University men's basketball ripped off 12-straight points in under 90 seconds to pull within one possession of visiting William & Mary before ultimately falling, 69-65, on Saturday night at Tudor Fieldhouse.

Seth Gearhart sparked the run with a three-point play with a 64-49 deficit and 1:43 remaining in regulation. Bishop Mency then followed with his third three-pointer of the night and Dan Peera hit a three-pointer to pull the Owls (1-2) within 64-58 with 36 seconds on the clock. William & Mary missed a pair of free throws on the other end and Peera sank another trey on Rice's next possession to pull his team within 61-64 with 18 seconds left. Rice was unable to close the gap any further as the Tribe (3-1) notched just enough free throws at the other end to keep the game out of reach.

Gearhart led the Owls in scoring with 14 points with a career-high six steals, five rebounds and three assists. The senior sank 7-of-9 free throws and 3-of-6 field goal attempts on the night. His classmate, Peera, notched a career high with eight points to accompany a rebound and a steal in eight minutes of action.

Mency tallied double-figure points for the third-straight time in his young career, finishing with 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting. He added three baskets from downtown and hauled in three rebounds with two steals. Van Green also scored in double figures for the Owls, notching a season-high 10 points with a team-high eight rebounds. The grad student connected on 4-of-8 shots and dished out two assists.


 

 

Rice fell behind 13-1 to start the game, but showed a sign of what was to come down the stretch as the team rallied back quickly to take its first lead at 24-23 just a few minutes later. From there, the teams battled back-and-forth for the remainder of the period until the visitors finished on a 9-2 run to take a 38-30 advantage into the locker room. Green and Mency led the Owls with eight points each in the frame.

Coming out of the break, the Owls held the Tribe scoreless for the first four minutes of the second half, but were only able to make up two points of the deficit during the stretch. William & Mary regrouped and extended its advantage back to double figures and pushed the lead to 15 points midway through the period. The Tribe kept the Owls in a double-digit hole until Rice's late rally began.

Relative to his 30-point outing on Wednesday, Marcus Jackson cooled off but still reached double figures with 10 points. The sophomore led Rice with four of the team's 13 assists and hauled in four rebounds as well.

The Owls owned a 31-29 advantage in rebounds and turned 11 offensive boards in 16 second-chance points. The Owls also forced 14 turnovers - including 12 steals - for 20 points on the other end.

Omar Prewitt led the Tribe with 17 points and Colonial Preseason Player of the Year Marcus Thornton added 16 points and six assists in 38 minutes.

Rice closes out the month at the GCI Great Alaska Shootout next week in Anchorage. The tournament opens against Mercer on Thursday, Nov. 27 at 8:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.

NOTES: Freshman guard Jordan Reed made his debut in the game ... sophomore Joey Burbach played his first minute of the season as well ... Rice sank five of its first nine and four of its final five three-pointers, with an 11-shot drought in between.

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