Feb. 26, 2013
DALLAS, Texas - Rice University men’s basketball travels to SMU for the second meeting with the Mustangs of the regular season. Wednesday's 7 p.m. game will be televised regionally on TWC Sports.
Jackson Scores 1,500th Point Against SMU
Rice University men's basketball fell to SMU, 61-39, on Saturday night at Tudor Fieldhouse. Senior Tamir Jackson sank a second-half free throw to notch the 1,500th point of his collegiate career. He is just the ninth player in program history to reach the milestone.
The Owls (5-21, 1-11) returned from a week away from league action on Saturday night as the squad hosted Tulane in an 89-64 defeat.
Max Guercy and Tamir Jackson shined for Rice, scoring 19 points each. Jackson added four rebounds and three assists, while Guercy swiped five steals and was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week for the fourth time in the past two months for his efforts.
Scouting the Mustangs (13-14, 3-9)
SMU has played just twice since its last meeting with the Owls, dropping a pair of contests at Tulane and home against East Carolina.
Wednesday marks the Mustangs’ final game of the season in Moody Coliseum before the venerable building receives interior renovations.
Jalen Jones leads SMU with 15.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
The defensive-minded squad swipes 6.9 steals per contest and forces more than 14 turnovers per game. SMU’s 39.2 opponent field goal percentage is the best mark in C-USA.
The Mustangs shoot 75.2 percent on free throws, which also ranks first in the league.
SMU leads the long-running series, 119-77 after picking up a win earlier this season at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Jackson averages 9.8 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in eight career meetings with the Mustangs. Julian DeBose adds 5.3 points in three games. DeBose led the Owls in scoring for the first time this season with 14 points to accompany two assists and a rebound in the first game against SMU.
Rice swept last season’s two meetings as the Owls put together a three-game winning streak in the series.
Even More C-USA Accolades
Guercy became Conference USA’s most decorated rookie when he snagged his fourth Freshman of the Week award on Monday.
The guard notched 19 points, five steals and three rebounds against Tulane to earn the distinction for a fourth time in 16 weeks.
Guercy’s first award came on Jan. 7 after he scored 19 points and dished out five assists at Harvard two days earlier. He won the honor three weeks later on Jan. 28 after averaging 6.0 assists on the week at UCF and Tulane.
In those two road games, he averaged 10.5 points per game and dished out 6.0 assists with just two total turnovers for the Owls.
Guercy earned his third weekly award after scoring 21 points in Rice’s win over Houston and then adding nine points and five assists against East Carolina.
Rice returns home to host UTEP on Saturday at 1 p.m. (please note the new game time).
The Owls remain in the Bayou City for the final three games of the regular season as the squad travels to face Houston on March 6 and then closes out its home slate on March 9 against Tulsa.