Dec. 29, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – Rice University men’s basketball led by as many as six points throughout the first half, but Texas pulled away late in the contest for a 57-41 win at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday afternoon. Austin Ramljak came off the bench to lead the Owls (3-9) with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting with four three-pointers.
After missing their first five shots of the game, the Owls sank five of their next six to overcome a four-point deficit and jump out to a pair of six-point leads in the first half. Thanks in part to a 12-4 advantage in free throw attempts, Texas climbed back to tie and take one more brief lead before the half.
Ramljak scored 11 points in the opening frame and pulled Rice even at the break, 26-26.
Texas (8-5) opened a four-point lead early after the intermission before Rice pulled within three points with nine minutes remaining. However, a scoring drought of nearly six minutes allowed Texas to extend its advantage to as many as 12 points at 50-38 with three minutes remaining.
From there, the Longhorns used their 29-6 foul shot advantage to ice the 57-41 win, as the home team committed 12 fouls to Rice’s 24.
On his 22nd birthday, Tamir Jackson scored in double figures with 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting. He added four rebounds and two of the visitors’ seven assists. Jackson also swiped two of Rice’s six steals.
Max Guercy added nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, including a three-pointer. The freshman dished out two assists and swiped two steals while battling foul trouble late in the game. Keith Washington matched a career high and led the Owls with six rebounds.
Rice shot 36.0 percent in the first half and finished the afternoon with a 31.9 field goal percentage compared to 36.7 percent for Texas. The Longhorns owned a 46-23 advantage on the glass, including 16 offensive rebounds for 16 second-chance points.
Sheldon McClellan led UT with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Julien Lewis also reached double digits with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Rice welcomes the New Year at Harvard on Jan. 5 with a 3 p.m. CT contest against the Crimson.