Nov. 29, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Despite both teams traveling across the country for the Cable Car Classic, neither offense showed any jet lag as Rice University men's basketball battled Rider in a high-scoring overtime affair in the Cable Car Classic tournament opener. It was Rider that prevailed in the end with a 97-93 overtime victory. The Owls will play in the consolation game on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT against host Santa Clara.
The Owls (2-4) set a program and tournament record with 18 three-pointers on 35 attempts (51.4 percent) and shot a season-high 54.2 percent from the floor in the game. Rice erased a 12-point deficit near the end of regulation and took a two-point lead with 41 seconds to play on a pair of Marcus Jackson free throws.
Rider (2-3) then tied the game 20 seconds later, giving the Owls one last chance to win in regulation. The Owls were unable to convert on their final possession, sending the teams to their first overtime games of the season.
In the extra period, the Broncs scored the first four points in a 90-second span. The Owls then cut it to one on a Ramljak three-pointer. Rider countered with a pair of free throws and tacked on a three-pointer to extend the advantage to 95-90 with 1:10 on the clock.
Austin Ramljak responded with his seventh three-pointer of the night with 20 ticks remaining. From there, Jackson deflected an inbounds pass off a Rider player to regain possession for the Owls. Rice was unable to extend the contest any further on its last chance of the night. Rider tacked on two more free throws for the final margin.
Ramljak closed out the night with a career-best 25 points on 7-of-11 three-point shooting. He tied several others for the second-most three-pointers in a game in program history. He chipped in three assists and a pair of rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
Seth Gearhart was hot on his heels, sinking 6-of-10 three-pointers for a season-high 20 points. He added four rebounds, two blocks, an assist and one steal in the effort.
Jackson, Max Guercy and Keith Washington each added 10 points on the night. Guercy dished out seven of the Owls' season-high 25 assists and hauled in four rebounds. The 25 assists were the most since the team matched that total against Southern Miss in 2009.
Sean Obi led Rice in rebounding as he has in each of the six games this season with six boards to match six points on 3-of-5 shooting.
The teams exchanged the lead five times in the opening 20 minutes and Rider led by as many as 11 points for a brief stint. The Owls rallied back in the latter minutes of the stanza and took a 36-35 lead into the locker room as Gearhart knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer.
For Rider, Anthony Myles led the Broncs with 27 points and seven rebounds. Rider shot 52.4 percent from the field and 12-of-20 from beyond the arc in the game.
Rider held a slim 33-30 advantage on the glass. The Broncs converted 13 Rice turnovers into 17 points.
Rice will face either North Dakota State or host Santa Clara on Saturday in the consolation game at 8 p.m. CT.