Poor Shooting Troubles Owls in Loss to UT-Arlington

Nov. 29, 2017

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By: Tim Andrzejewski (tim.andrzejewski@rice.edu)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rice shot a season-low 24.5% from the field as the Owls fell at UT-Arlington, 69-49, Wednesday night at the College Park Center.

Ako Adams was the only Owl to score in double-figures, scoring 15 points while grabbing five rebounds. A.J. Lapray scored nine points and Robert Martin added seven points and a team-high six boards.

Rice (2-5) began the game hitting three of its first four shots to score the first eight points in the game's first 2:10. However, the Owls missed its next eight shots while turning the ball over five times in the following 13 possessions as UTA (6-1) went on a 15-0 run over the next 7:41.

Lapray finally got Rice back on the scoreboard with a three-pointer. But, a 7-0 Maverick run pushed their lead to double-digits.

After trading baskets, Connor Cashaw made a pair of free throws. UT-Arlington scored five straight to take a 28-16 lead. However, a jumper by Adams followed by a three from Lapray pulled Rice to within seven points, 28-21, with 3:03 to play in the half

But Rice failed to score in its last six possessions as UTA closed the half on a 7-0 run to head into the break with a 35-21 lead.

The second half began with Adams scoring Rice's first 10 points to bring the Owls to within 42-31 in the first five minutes. However, Rice missed 11 of its next 13 shots as the Mavericks went on a 20-6 run to take a 62-37 lead and put the game away.

"We had some droughts there," said Rice head coach Scott Pera. "But, we also had live-ball turnovers which we have to continue to work on. Our defensive effort was tremendous and the numbers show that. I'm really proud of the guys defensively; how much they've worked at it (and) how much we're improving. We just have to stop turning the ball over. We didn't shoot the ball well tonight, but the nights that we shoot the ball better we'll have a better chance."

Along with 24.5% from the floor, the Owls connected on just 25.0% from three. UT-Arlington was just 25-of-63 (39.7%) from the field and 8-of-36 (22.2%) from beyond the arc. Rice was also outrebounded, 43-to-38.

Rice returns home this Saturday, Dec. 2, when it hosts UTRGV. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT and the game will be livestreamed on CUSA.tv.





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