March 8, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men’s basketball closes out the regular season with a home game against Tulsa. Saturday’s contest tips off at 7 p.m.
The Owls will honor senior Tamir Jackson prior to the senior’s final game in Tudor Fieldhouse.
Jackson came within one point of matching his season high when he scored 25 points at Houston on Wednesday. It was the fifth-straight game in which he scored at least 19 points.
Rice (5-24, 1-14) worked back from a double-digit deficit in the second half, but could not get over the hump in an 84-62 setback.
Austin Ramljak added 14 points, including four three-pointers, in the game. He took over eighth place on Rice’s single season three-pointer list with 64. Julian DeBose also scored in double figures with 11 points on the night to accompany four assists.
Ben Braun Basketball Camp attendees get free admission to Saturday's contest by wearing his or her camp t-shirt to the game.
Scouting the Golden Hurricane (15-14, 7-8)
Tulsa suffered a 71-65 loss against SMU on Wednesday evening to fall into a tie for the fifth seed with UAB at 7-8 in league play.
Scottie Haralson and James Woodard combined for 30 points in the setback. Woodard leads the Golden Hurricane in scoring (12.0 points per game) and rebounding (5.7).
Pat Swilling Jr. averages 10.6 points and ranks second in the conference with 2.5 three-pointers per game.
Tulsa is 5-7 on the road this season, including a 3-4 mark in league games. The Golden Hurricane needs a win and a UAB loss on Saturday to secure the final bye in next week’s Conference USA Championship.
Tulsa holds a commanding 26-6 lead in the all-time series, including a current 13-game winning streak.
Rice’s last win over the Golden Hurricane came on the road in overtime in 2005.
In eight games against Tulsa, Jackson has scored 90 points, good for an 11.3 average. He adds 2.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds as well.
Rice turns its focus to next week’s Conference USA Championship at Tulsa’s BOK Center.