HOUSTON - Rice saw 12 players score in a 93-64 victory over St. Edward's in the fourth annual Kid's Day game at Tudor Fieldhouse, Thursday afternoon.
In what has become an annual tradition, Rice hosted over 4,000 elementary students from 34 area schools.
Egor Koulechov was perfect from the field to lead the Owls with a game-high 20 points, his third straight 20-point game. He was six-of-six from the field, two-of-two from three and six-of-six from the charity stripe.
"It was a good team effort," said Rice head coach Mike Rhoades. "We got a lot of guys a lot of playing time today. We got off to a good start and we defended well to get that big lead in the first half. We're getting better on the defensive end."
Rice made five of its first six shots to jump out to an early 11-2 lead. The teams traded baskets before Ramir Burton made one-of-two free throws. Adams found Letcher-Ellis for a back door dunk, but James Taylor converted a three-point play to bring St. Edward's to within 15-8, 5:29 into the game.
However, Rice took over, going on a 17-0 run over the next 6:25 to run out to a 32-8 lead. After two Landon Goesling free throws, Rice scored six straight points. The Hilltoppers made their first field goal in more than eight minutes when Matthew Paterson converted a three-point play.
After two Koulechov free throws, Alex Doche hit a three-pointer. But, free throws by Letcher-Ellis and Chad Lott sent Rice on a 7-2 run to take its largest lead of the half at 47-18. However, SEU closed the half on a 10-2 run as the Owls went into the break with a 49-28 lead.
Rice started slowly in the second half, making just one-of-four baskets and turning the ball over three times as St. Edwards pulled to within 58-42 six minutes into the second stanza. But, the Owls went on a 9-0 run to break the game open. Rice would lead by as many as 33 points in the second half.
Rhoades added, "This was a good win. Everybody played a lot. Guys got off the bench and got some extended minutes. They're definitely going to have to help us once we get into conference play."
Rice shot 56.4% (31-of-55) from the field and 42.9% (9-of-21) from three while holding the Hilltoppers to just 28.2% (20-of-71) from the floor and 29.6% (8-of-27) from three. Rice was 22-of-30 (73.3%) from the charity while also pulling down a season-high 51 rebounds.
Rice goes on the road for the final time in non-conference play this Saturday, Dec. 17, when it travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Pittsburgh. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will be live-streamed on ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN.