Dec. 18, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men's basketball welcomes Chicago State to Tudor Fieldhouse for the first-ever meeting between the programs on Wednesday evening. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Wednesday's game is the second of three in Rice's Holiday Hoops Promotion. Fans can purchase half-price tickets for chair back seats online by clicking HERE.
The Owls (2-7) played an extremely close game against Hartford before falling, 58-51, in the third game of the current five-game home stand on Saturday night. The teams stayed deadlocked within four points of each other for nearly a 20-minute stretch before the visiting Hawks put together a late run to take control of the game.
Tamir Jackson led Rice with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Seth Gearhart matched him with seven boards of his own to accompany four points and three assists. Julian DeBose also played a well-rounded game with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. He is averaging 14.5 points in his last two games after notching a career-high 18 points against LIU Brooklyn a week ago.
Scouting the Cougars (3-9)
Chicago State enters the game in search of its first road win in eight tries. The Cougars fought hard at Oregon State on Sunday in an 87-77 setback, shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 8-of-17 from downtown.
Jeremy Robinson leads the team in scoring with 10.7 points per game, to accompany a 6.7 rebound average. Matt Ross also scores in double figures with 10.2 points per game and adds a team-high 7.3 rebounds per contest. Houston native Corey Gray (Hightower HS) has started three games and averages 5.9 points per game on 51.0 percent field goal accuracy.
As a team, the Cougars shoot 41.4 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from downtown.
Wednesday's contest is just the first of a pair of games in the Space City for Chicago State, as the team takes on Houston in a battle of the Cougars on Saturday afternoon. Overall, CSU is in the midst of a seven-game road trip, spanning five states and nearly a month.
Wednesday marks the first meeting between the two programs. Chicago State is the second Great West Conference opponent for the Owls this season. Rice topped Houston Baptist, 61-53, on Dec. 1.
Rice is 12-6 all-time against current Great West members, including a 7-0 mark against HBU and 5-6 tally versus Texas-Pan American. Chicago State fell at Conference USA's Tulane, 79-51, in November.
Rice's homestand concludes on Saturday as new Big 12 member TCU visits Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls then close out the calendar year at Texas on Dec. 29. That game will be televised on the Longhorn Network.
Rice rings in 2013 with a trip to Harvard on Jan. 5 before Conference USA play begins the following week.