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Rice Completes Northern Sweep with Win at Capilano

   

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Aug. 3, 2013

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Rice University overcame a slow start to pull away from Capilano, 73-51, on Saturday afternoon in exhibition action at the Capilano SportsPlex.

Max Guercy led Rice in scoring with 20 points, including five three-pointers. The sophomore guard added a pair of rebounds. Freshman Sean Obi was strong in the paint and nearly notched a double-double, finishing with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Andrew Drone also made the most of his opportunities under the basket, adding 15 points to accompany three boards. The Owls pulled down 34 rebounds on the afternoon. 

After jumping out of the gate with a stellar shooting performance on Thursday night, the Owls took a little bit longer to find their range and scoring pace on Saturday, culminating with a narrow 19-14 advantage after 10 minutes of action.

Drew Bender led Rice early, scoring seven of his nine points in the first quarter. The freshman also dished a pass to Drone for a two-handed dunk near the end of the period and drew a charge on the defensive end.

The Blues also found their range early in the contest, cutting the Rice lead to just 30-27 at the intermission.

Following the break, the Owls regained their succinct ball movement with assists on a majority of the team's seven baskets in the third quarter, which increased the cushion to 46-37 heading into the finale.

Guercy scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to set the tone and spark a 14-4 run in which the Owls staked a 60-41 lead. Guercy scored 12 points in the period and Obi added eight.

Rice then maintained its strong advantage to finish the 22-point win, giving the team three 20-point margins of victory on the trip.


 

 

Dan Peera grabbed four rebounds, scored three points and took two charges, while Thursday's high scorer Keith Washington tallied four points and three rebounds. Seth Gearhart added seven points and five rebounds.

NOTES: The Owls finished with a 3-0 record in British Columbia .... assistant coach Adam Gierlach handled head coaching duties from the bench during the contest while head coach Ben Braun observed ... Friday was an off-day for the Owls, and many of the student-athletes tried their hand at a nearby par-three golf course ... the Owls spend the remainder of Saturday and Sunday at the resort town Whistler before departing on Monday.

Rice Owls

Points

Rebounds

0

Peera

3

4

1

Guercy

20

2

2

Burbach

1

1

3

Obi

10

9

5

Washington

4

3

11

Wilson

2

2

21

Bender

9

1

22

Jackson

2

1

41

Gearhart

7

5

42

Ramljak

0

3

54

Drone

15

3

73

34

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