Nov. 26, 2011
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Chris Babb scored 26 points, knocking down seven of Iowa State's 14 three-pointers as the Cyclones defeated Rice 90-63 Saturday at the South Padre Island Invitational.
Iowa State, now 5-1, was unbeaten in the tournament which included campus site games. Rice lost its second straight game on the Island and fell to 4-2. The Owls play their first true road game of the season Wednesday when they travel to Houston Baptist.
After beginning the game by knocking down seven of its first 10 field goal attempts, Rice ended up shooting 36 percent for the first half (12-of-33) and 39 percent for the game.
Right before intermission, Tamir Jackson ended a three-minute Rice scoreless drought when he stole the ball from ISU's Chris Allen as the Cyclones played for a last-second shot. Jackson drove three-quarters of the court for a fastbreak layin to beat the buzzer.
The basket cut Iowa State's lead back to single figures, 37-28.
Prior to Jackson's buzzer-beater, the Owls had missed their previous seven shots.
Jackson led Rice with 13 points. He also had two steals and an assist. En route to being named to the South Padre Invitational All-Tournament Team, Jackson averaged 16.3 points and had nine assists in the Owls' four tournament games.
The Cyclones had four different players knock down multiple three-pointers as ISU shot better from beyond the three-point arc (48.3 percent) than overall (47.5 percent).