Nov. 13, 2012
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HOUSTON - Rice University men's basketball closes out a two-game home stand as St. Edward's visits Tudor Fieldhouse on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Owls (0-1) look to bounce back from a season-opening 72-59 loss against St. Thomas. Tamir Jackson posted a solid start to his senior campaign with a team-high 13 points in the opener. He added five rebounds, an assist and a steal in 34 minutes.
Rice's starting lineup featured a pair of freshmen in Max Guercy and Ross Wilson. Sophomore Seth Gearhart also made his first career start. Gearhart notched numerous career highs in the game, most notably scoring 10 points. Guercy led the Owls with four assists and also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points.
Julian DeBose was the fourth Rice player to notch double-digit points in the contest as the sophomore connected on 3-of-8 shots for 12 points and recorded team highs in rebounds (7) and steals (3).
Wednesday marks the final home game of November for the Owls, before the team takes off on a coast-to-coast road swing. Rice then plays five of its six December games in Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Owls travel to Philadelphia on Saturday to face Temple, before spending the Thanksgiving break in Anaheim for the DirecTV Classic.
Scouting the Hilltoppers (2-1)
St. Edwards is playing its third game in as many days, as the team defeated Southwestern, 71-46, on Monday night and wraps up its four-game home stand on Tuesday night against Huston-Tillotson.
Three players average double-figure points for SEU, led by Shimeek Johnson's 14.0 points per game. St. Edward's averages 75.7 points.
The Hilltoppers opened the season with a 75-70 win over Texas A&M-Commerce on Nov. 9. The squad followed with a home setback against Incarnate Word a day later, 84-81.
St. Edward's is coached by fourth-year head coach Andre Cook.
Rice won the only meeting between the teams, 106-48, on Dec. 18, 2002. Michael Harris came off the bench to sink 7-of-10 shots. He led the Owls with 15 points. He was matched in scoring by Omar-Seli Mance.
Rice shot 56.3 percent from the field and held the Hilltoppers to a 30.5-percent mark (18-59). Jason McKreith dished out six of the Owls' 27 assists to accompany 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
Brock Gillespie scored 12 points Yamar Diene added 10 of his own for Rice. St. Edward's was led by 19 points from Cyrus Russell.
Rice shot 68 percent from the field in the first half while St. Edward's managed to hit only 8-of-28 for 29 percent. The 106 points marked the first time since scoring 102 in a win at TCU on Jan. 19, 1994 that Rice had topped the 100-point mark.