HOUSTON— Rice goes on the road for the first time in two weeks, but stays in town when it heads to Houston Baptist on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT.
Rally Comes Up Short Against Houston Baptist
Rice University men's basketball rallied from a second-half deficit but fell just short against Houston Baptist, 58-55, on Wednesday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse. Seth Gearhart led the Owls in scoring for the fifth time in seven games this season with 17 points.
Rice enters the game with a 2-5 record. The Owls had its two-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, falling 92-74, to UT Arlington.
Redshirt sophomore Egor Koulechov is second in league in scoring, averaging 18.7 points. He also leads the team and is tied for ninth in the C-USA with 6.9 rebounds. Koulechov is leads the league lead with 3.1 three-pointers per game and is ninth in free throw percentage (.864).
Freshman Marcus Evans is seventh in Conference USA in points, averaging 16.3 per game. He is also fifth in steals (1.9) and ninth in minutes played (31.6). Freshman Marquez Letcher-Ellis is third on the team with 9.4 points while grabbing 3.7 rebounds. He is connecting on 52.3% from the field. Senior Max Guercy is averaging 8.1 points while leading the league with 6.4 assists per game.
Rice is averaging 72.3 points per game while allowing 84.7. The Owls are connecting on just 42.1% from the field and 29.1% from the three-point line while allowing 49.4% from the field and 42.7% from beyond the arc. Rice is also second in the conference in free throw percentage, connecting on 72.7% from the charity stripe.
Houston Baptist enters the game with a 1-5 record. The Huskies are trying to snap a four-game losing streak after going 0-4 at the Cancun Challenge.
HBU is led by senior guard Anthony Odunsi with 11.0 points. He is also seventh in the Southland Conference with 3.7 assists. Junior forward Colter Lasher is second on the team with 8.7 points. He is fourth in the Sun Belt in assists (3.8) and is tied for eighth in steals (1.6). Sophomore center Josh Ibarra is averaging 7.8 points and leads the squad with 5.7 rebounds.
Houston Baptist is averaging 69.0 points per game while allowing 79.0. The Huskies are connecting on 43.0% from the floor and just 28.9% from three while allowing 48.0% from the field and 34.8% from three.
Ron Cottrell is in his 25th season at the helm of the Houston Baptist basketball program, where he has a 436-338 (.563) record.