HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men's basketball continues its home stand on Sunday as it welcomes UTEP to Tudor Fieldhouse for a 2:30 p.m. contest. The game will be televised on the American Sports Network.
Rice opened Conference USA play against UTSA with a 67-52 win on Friday night at home. With a 29-22 lead coming out of halftime, the Owls opened the second period on a 15-3 run and eventually opened up a 20-point lead en route to victory.
Marcus Jackson led the team with 27 points, including a 5-of-9 mark from downtown. Van Green added a team-high seven rebounds, Max Guercy passed around six assists and Andrew Drone blocked four shots in the balanced team effort.
The Owls shot 51.1 percent from the field with 11-of-23 three-pointers. Rice held UTSA to a 34.0 percent field goal clip, including a 4-of-22 mark from long range.
The win was the third-straight at home for the Owls, marking the longest streak since winning five in a row at Tudor Fieldhouse late in the 2011-12 season. It also snapped a string of seven-straight losses in conference openers.
Rice knocked down 10-of-11 free throws against UTSA to improve to 74.2 percent from the line on the season. The figure leads C-USA and ranks the Owls 31st in the nation. Rice also leads the league with 8.25 three-pointers per game.
Series History (UTEP leads, 17-11)
UTEP has won three-straight in the series following last season's 68-57 win in El Paso.
Rice is 7-5 at home against the Miners, but UTEP claimed the last meeting in Houston, 67-56, in March 2013 in the teams' regular season finale.
Jackson scored 14 points in his lone meeting with UTEP and Guercy averages 11.0 points in three games against the Miners.
Scouting the Miners (9-4, 1-0 C-USA)
UTEP knocked off North Texas in its C-USA opener on Friday, 85-71, on the road.
Earvin Morris scored 22 points off the bench and Vince Hunter added 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting.
Hunter leads Conference USA with 16.8 points per game on 57 percent shooting. He adds 10.3 rebounds per game, which also paces C-USA.
The Miners have won three games in a row, but Friday night's game was the team's first road win of the season.
The Owls close out the three-game home stand on Jan. 10 against North Texas. That game tips off at 2 p.m. and will also be televised on the American Sports Network.