Men's Basketball Hosts HBU on Wednesday

Andrew Drone scored 15 points in the Owls' last outing at Alaska Anchorage.
Dec. 2, 2014

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HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men's basketball returns home from its three-game trip to Anchorage and the GCI Great Alaska Shootout to host Houston Baptist in the first of three-straight home games to open December.

A number of outstanding individual performances were not quite enough for the Owls at the Thanksgiving weekend tournament. Playing on three-straight days, the Owls battled to a pair of tight contests early and fell to the host team in the finale.

The Owls are 1-1 at home this season with a win over Prairie View A&M and a narrow setback against William & Mary.

Scouting the Huskies
• Houston Baptist enters the contest with a pair of home wins and a pair of road setbacks (at Northwestern and UT Arlington).
• HBU's two home wins have come by an average of 40.0 points against Hillsdale and Dallas Christian.
• Anthony Odunsi leads the team with 12.3 points in three games played while Colter Lasher also scores in double figures with 11.8 points per game.

Series History
• Rice is 6-0 at home against the Huskies dating back to the first meeting in 1973. Four of the wins have come by eight or fewer points.
• Last season's 73-71 setback at Houston Baptist is the lone blemish for the Owls in the eight-game series.
• Junior Max Guercy averages 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games against HBU.

Following Wednesday's game, the Owls host St. Edward's on Saturday, Dec. 6 in the last game before final exams.





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