Feb. 26, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men's basketball returns home for its penultimate home game of the season. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Owls (7-19, 2-11 C-USA) last played at home nearly three weeks ago following the recent three-game road trip.
Thursday's game features an opportunity for Austin Ramljak to tie or take over the program's single-season record for three-pointers. At 80, he sits just three shy of tying Robert Johnson's record, which has stood since 1999.
It is also a chance for Sean Obi to continue his climb in the record book, as he already ranks tied for ninth on the single-season list with 11 double-doubles. His next such performance will vault him into a tie for sixth with three players, including freshman record-holder Michael Harris (2001-02).
Last Time Out
Rice nearly erased an early 25-point deficit that resulted from a rough offensive start at East Carolina, but was held off by the Pirates in an eventual 67-55 setback on Saturday evening in Greenville.
Obi cruised to his 11th double-double of the season with 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 12 rebounds.
Dan Peera gave the Owls a much-needed spark off the bench and tallied a career-high six points, including two three-pointers.
Three-Pointers Doom Men's Basketball at UAB
Tamir Jackson notched a game-high 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting but UAB shot a solid 50 percent from the field with 11 three-pointers to top Rice University men's basketball, 80-57, on Saturday evening at Bartow Arena.
UAB has won all nine meetings between the Conference USA rivals in a series that began with one meeting in 1980 and resumed when Rice joined the league for the 2005-06 season.
Last season, UAB claimed an 80-57 win, thanks largely to the Blazers' 11-of-24 shooting mark from downtown.
Tamir Jackson notched 21 points in the game to pace Rice.
Among active Owls, Ross Wilson leads the team with eight points and five rebounds against the Blazers, while Max Guercy scored seven points. Keith Washington added five points and three assists.
Scouting the Blazers (17-10, 6-7 C-USA)
UAB enters the contest with a two-game winning streak on its current road trip, including close victories at Marshall and Charlotte last week. The team is 3-4 on the road in C-USA action.
Chad Frazier leads the team with 18.0 points per game, while Rod Rucker and C.J. Washington combine for 24.7 points and 14.3 rebounds.
The Blazers average 75.0 points per game on 42.0 percent shooting with 5.3 three-pointers per game.
In Saturday's 64-62 win over Charlotte, Frazier led the team with 16 points while Washington chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds. Neither team led by more than six points in the game.
Fahro Alihodzic tipped in a missed shot with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to give UAB the win after Charlotte had knocked down a three-pointer to tie with 41 ticks on the clock.
Following Thursday's contest, the Owls play their final road game of the regular season at Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Tipoff is set for approximately 5:30 p.m. CT, following the conclusion of an MT women's basketball game at 3 p.m. that afternoon.
Rice closes out the regular season and honors seniors Ramljak and Bahrom Firozgary before the final home game next Thursday, March 6 against Louisiana Tech.