Nov. 30, 2011
HOUSTON - Tamir Jackson scored a game-high 20 points and Ahmad Ibrahim poured in five, three-pointers en route to a career-high 19 points as Rice drove across town for a 78-66 win over Houston Baptist Wednesday in Sharp Gymnsium.
With the win, Rice improved to 5-2. The Owls begin a four-game home stand this Saturday when they play host to St. Thomas. Tip-off for Saturday's game is 2 p.m.
The Owls' fifth win of the season was not secured until a late, 8-0 run.
HBU's Marcus Davis knocked down a three-pointer following a Rice turnover that cut the Owls' lead to 66-58 with 3:29 to play.
After Davis' trey, Jackson made the first of two free throw attempts then Connor Frizzelle and Emerson Herndon each made a pair at the line. Jackson closed out the rally by converting a three-point play which gave the Owls a 74-58 lead with two minutes to play.
In the first half, Ibrahim broke a 23-23 tie with three straight field goals starting with two of his five, three-pointers. After the treys he knocked down another jumper following an Owl defensive rebound to give Rice a 31-23 lead.
Ibrahim converted 7-of-11 shots, making 5-of-7 three-pointers. It was the first time since the 2009-10 season a Rice player made five three-pointers. The rookie also had six rebounds and two blocks in his most extensive playing time.
In his first start, Omar Oraby registered his first career double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Also in his first career start, freshman Dylan Ennis had five assists, two steals and grabbed eight rebounds.
As a team, Rice outrebounded HBU 48-35.
Junior Arsalan Kazemi, who is averaging a double-double for the Owls, did not dress for the game after suffering a mild strain to his lower back over the weekend at the South Padre Island Invitational.
Houston Baptist was led by Tyler Russell who scored 20 points while Art Bernardi came off the bench to score 15 points. Joe Latas, the Huskies' leading scorer was held to seven points and had four turnovers.