Nov. 22, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men's basketball returns home from the road for one game as the Owls host Princeton on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Owls' (2-2) last three games have been decided by a total of six points and have all come down to the game's final possession. Rice was due for a close game to go its way on Wednesday night when the Owls topped Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 63-61, for the first road win of the season.
Sean Obi was the story of the game, as the freshman notched his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. It was his last rebound of the game that was the biggest of the night, as he boxed for an intentionally-missed free throw in the final second of the game. An Islander player was whistled for an over-the-back foul on Obi, sending him to the line to preserve the win.
Obi ranks fifth nationally and leads Conference USA with a 79.2 field goal percentage through four games. On the season he averages 10.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and has been Rice's top rebounder in all four games.
Max Guercy continues to lead the Owls in scoring with 13.5 points per game to accompany 4.5 assists. Austin Ramljak has knocked down three or more three-pointers three times this season to average 11.5 points per game and freshman Marcus Jackson also scores in double figures with 11.0 points per game.
Scouting the Tigers
Princeton enters the contest with a 2-1 record after an 81-80 overtime win against Lafayette on Wednesday.
Both of the Tigers' wins have come at home this season, as the team dispatched Florida A&M in the season opener, 67-50. Princeton dropped a tight 70-67 game at Butler last Saturday.
Denton Koon leads the team with 15.7 points per game. Hans Brase nearly averages a double-double for Princeton with 10.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
The Tigers shoot a solid 43.2 percent from the field, but allow opponents a 43.8 percent clip.
In a trio of low-scoring affairs, Princeton owns a 2-1 record against Rice spanning from 1996-2007.
Rice's lone win in the series came in the team's only home game, 52-41, in January 2006.
Rice is 0-1 at Princeton and 0-1 in neutral site meetings as the Tigers claimed a 59-54 win at the First Bank Classic in Milwaukee in the first meeting in 1996.
Rice also hosts the Ivy League's Harvard in the non-conference schedule this season.
Following Saturday's contest, Rice heads back to the road at the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif. next week. The Owls face off with Rider in the opening round on Nov. 29 and play either North Dakota State or host Santa Clara a day later.