Men’s Basketball Closes Opening Road Trip at San Francisco

Nov. 15, 2015

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HOUSTON—Rice closes its opening road trip this Monday, Nov. 16, when it faces San Francisco. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. CT and will be live streamed at

The Owls dropped their season-opener on Friday, 97-65, at 14th-ranked California. Egor Koulechov led Rice with 19 points and eight rebounds and Marcus Evans added 18 points.

The game marks the first time that the teams will face each other since 1981. They played twice during the 1981-82 season, splitting the series.

Of the 13 players on the Owls’ 2015-16 roster, 10 are either freshmen or sophomores. Of the 10, sophomores Bishop Mency and Nate Pollard are the only players who have seen action at Rice. Redshirt sophomore Egor Koulechov played his freshman year at Arizona State in 2013-14.

Rice returns just five letterwinners from last year’s squad that finished 12-20. However, of those five, four are returning starters. Guard Max Guercy is the lone senior on the team. The Acton, Calif., has started all 93 games that he has played in his career. Last year, he averaged 9.8 points while leading Conference USA in free throw percentage (.864) and dishing out 4.5 assists, good for third in C-USA.

The Dons return just five letterwinners and two starters off of last year’s team that went 14-18. USF welcomes 11 newcomers to the squad, including seven freshmen and three walk-ons.

Senior guard Tim Derksen was named to the All-West Coast Conference Preseason Team. Derksen posted career-best averages in both scoring (12.6) and rebounding (4.5) last year while his three-point field goal percentage (.400) ranked 10th among all WCC players. Point guard Devin Watson averaged 8.4 points and 2.5 assists a game last season.

Rex Walters is in his eighth season at the helm of the San Francisco basketball program. He has a 113-112 (.502) record at USF and a 144-145 (.498) overall record in 10 seasons as a head coach.





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