Dec. 22, 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Arsalan Kazemi scored a career-high 26 points but the Owls couldn't overcome Miami's 13-for-23 performance from three-point range as the Hurricanes defeated Rice 73-67 Wednesday at the 2010 Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
Kazemi registered his seventh double-double performance of the season, finishing with 14 rebounds. The sophomore was 7-for-11 from the field and made 12-of-14 free throws.
Miami scored the first five points of the second half to take an 11-point lead but after trailing 43-33 early in the period, Rice used an 8-0 run to get back into the game. The rally was capped by a Trey Stanton dunk off a pass from Tamir Jackson that pulled the Owls to within two points, 43-41 with 13:52 to play in the game.
Miami's Malcolm Grant cooled the Owls' run with back-to-back three-pointers. But Rice would again answer. Stanton flushed a lob pass from Nate Schwarze and the senior center would later drain a three-pointer to cut the Hurricanes' lead to 51-46.
But the Hurricanes continued to rain three-pointers. All told, UM was 6-for-9 from behind the arc in the second half including another three by Grant as well as a trey by Adrian Thomas that helped push Miami's lead back out to double figures.
Grant was 6-for-8 from three-point range and finished with 25 points. Thomas was 3-for-7 from behind the arc and finished with nine points.
Rice would stay close, scoring six straight points at one point. Kazemi's tip-in with 1:22 to play closed the lead to 65-60 but Garrius Adams would drive inside for a UM basket and Reggie Johnson's free throws with 45 seconds to play gave the Hurricanes a 69-60 lead.
The Owls trailed by as many as seven points in the first half when Durand Scott dialed up a long-range three to put the Hurricanes up 27-20 with 7:03 to play in the period. Rice would later cut the advantage back to three as Cory Pflieger drilled a three and Lucas Kuipers added a free throw to narrow the Miami advantage to 27-24 with 5:11 to play in the period.
Grant and Thomas both nailed three-pointers for Miami in the final minutes and the Owls' went scoreless over the final 3:46 of the period to trail 34-28 at the break.
Behind Kazemi's 26 points, Lucas Kuipers finished with 12 points while Jackson scored 11 and had a game-high six assists.
Rice, now 6-5, closes out play at the tournament Thursday afternoon when the Owls take on Oral Roberts. Tip-off is set for 2:15 p.m. Central Time and will be broadcast in Houston by ESPN 97.5. A link to the radio broadcast can also be found at RiceOwls.com.
Miami improved to 9-3 on the year.