HOUSTON—Rice begins a five-game homestand this Thursday, Nov. 19, when it hosts Oregon State. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT and will televised by ASN.
Men's Basketball Falls in Season Opener at Oregon State
Rice University men's basketball fought back from a double-figure deficit but ultimately fell, 67-54, in the season opener at Oregon State on Friday night.
The Owls are looking for their first win of the season after dropping its first two games at No. 14 California and San Francisco.
Redshirt sophomore Egor Koulechov is seventh in Conference USA in scoring, averaging 18.0 points per game. He is also sixth in rebounding, pulling down 6.5 boards. Freshman Marcus Evans is tied for ninth in the league in scoring, averaging 16.0 points. He is also tied for seventh in steals per game (2.0). Senior Max Guercy is third on the team with 6.5 points. He is also connecting on 87.5-percent from the free throw line.
Rice is averaging 59.5 points per game while allowing 88.5. The Owls are connecting on just 35.2% from the field and 25.6% from the three-point line while allowing 50.4% from the field and 43.9% from beyond the arc.
Oregon State enters the game with a 2-0 record. The Beavers are coming off a 93-73 victory over Iona.
OSU has five players averaging double-figure points, led by guard Drew Eubanks with 16.0. He is second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage, connecting on 86.7% from the floor. Guard Stephen Thompson, Jr., is tied for second on the team with 14.0 points. He is also sixth in the conference in three-pointer field goal percentage, connecting on 54.5% behind the arc.
Guard Gary Payton II is also averaging 14.0 points. He leads the league with 3.5 steals and is tied for third with 5.5 assists. Forward Tres Tinkle and guard Langston Morris-Walker are averaging 12.5 and 12.0 points, respectively.
Wayne Tinkle is in his second season at the helm of the Oregon State basketball program. He has a 19-14 (.576) record at OSU and a 177-105 (.628) overall record in 10 seasons as a head coach.