Men's Basketball Shoots Past UFV

Aug. 2, 2013

Box Score (.html)
Next Game:
Saturday 1 p.m. PT at Capiliano University (Vancouver, BC)

ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia - Rice University men's basketball came out firing in Thursday night's exhibition at the University of Fraser Valley and sank 11 of the team's first 15 three-point attempts in an eventual 88-62 win over the Cascades at Envision Athletic Centre.

The Owls went on to shoot 44.1 percent from downtown, led by Keith Washington's 5-of-9 performance from beyond the arc. The sophomore led the visitors in scoring with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He added three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes of action.

The Cascades also shot well early to keep the contest close, as Rice led by a modest 23-19 margin after the opening frame. The Owls then went on a tear in the second quarter using a fast-paced offense to outscore UFV 29-12 in the quarter to take a 52-31 advantage to the locker room at halftime. The squad shot 59.4 percent in the opening 20 minutes and 11-of-18 from downtown.

Rice's outstanding shooting cooled a bit in the second half, but won each of the quarters and extended the advantage to as much as 29 points late in the game. The Owls shot 46.4 percent from the field in the game, including 15-of-34 from downtown.

Max Guercy shot 5-of-6 from the field for 13 points and co-led the team with five rebounds. The sophomore converted a pair of three-point plays to add to an assist and a steal.

Andrew Drone and Ross Wilson also hauled in five boards each as the Owls owned a 43-37 advantage on the glass. Drone scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting while Wilson added two points of his own.



Seth Gearhart reached double figures in scoring as well with 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting and 3-of-5 free throws. The junior dished out an assist and swiped one steal in 20 minutes of action.

Freshmen Drew Bender and Marcus Jackson started the game alongside Drone, Washington and Wilson and combined for 11 points, six assists and four rebounds.

Wednesday night's high scorer, Austin Ramljak, scored five points with four rebounds and an assist in 17 minutes. All 13 Owls to see the court recorded at least one point and one rebound.

The Owls have an off day Friday before playing in their final exhibition of the foreign tour on Saturday at Capilano University on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.

NOTES: Rice has won all eight quarters so far in the pair of exhibitions, including Wednesday night's 96-70 victory at University of British Columbia ... Washington surpassed his season scoring high of 12, which he set at Temple on Nov. 12, 2012 ... freshman Denzel Davis scored six points and grabbed three rebounds before exiting the game with an injury .... associate head coach Louis Reynaud handled head coaching duties from the bench during the contest while head coach Ben Braun observed ... earlier on Thursday, several of the Owls tried their hand at paddle boarding at Vancouver's Kitsilano Beach ... a fun video of the outing is available at Rice All-Access.



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