Rice to Host UTEP on American Sports Network on Sunday

Andrew Drone tallied six points, five rebounds and four blocks against UTSA on Friday.
Jan. 3, 2015

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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.





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