Feb. 21, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Rice University men's basketball closes out its three-game road swing on Saturday at East Carolina in the last regular season meeting as Conference USA foes. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. ET at Williams Arena.
The Owls (7-18, 2-10 C-USA) dropped a heartbreaker on Thursday evening at Old Dominion, 55-51. Rice held a 49-42 advantage late in the second half before the Monarchs surged back to take a lead and held off the visitors down the stretch.
Sean Obi picked up his 10th double-double of the season as the freshman led the team with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Scouting the Pirates (14-13, 3-9 C-USA)
The Pirates are riding high after a 72-65 win over Louisiana Tech on Thursday night, which snapped a two-game skid.
ECU knocked down 17-of-25 free throws and added 10 three-pointers to knock off the Bulldogs at home.
East Carolina is 8-6 at home on the season, including two of the team's three C-USA wins.
Akeem Richmond leads the team with 18.0 points per game and ranks third nationally with 4.44 three-pointers per game.
Head coach Jeff Lebo's squad averages 74.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting, while keeping opponents to 71.5 points per game.
Paris Campbell and Prince Williams combine for 6.7 of the Pirates' 14.0 assists per game.
ECU has featured the same starting lineup in each of its 12 Conference USA games.
Men's Basketball Falters Against East Carolina
Rice University men's basketball's four-game streak of hot shooting cooled off as the Owls fell to East Carolina, 79-63, on Saturday night at Tudor Fieldhouse. The loss snapped a two-game home winning streak for Rice.
East Carolina claimed last season's only meeting, 79-63, at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Tamir Jackson led the Owls with 19 points and nine rebounds in the game. Austin Ramljak chipped in 12 points, including 3-of-4 three-pointers, and Max Guercy added nine points and five assists.
Rice's last trip to Greenville was an 82-68 setback on Feb. 4, 2012. The teams met a month later in the Conference USA championship, with ECU claiming a 68-66 win.
Rice returns home on Thursday, Feb. 27, to host UAB at Tudor Fieldhouse.