|Rice In Canada, 2013|
The Owls got an early start on the 2013-14 season with a summer tour of Canada. Rice began holding practice in July and spent seven days in British Columbia, playing three exhibitions against local college teams.
Despite working seven newcomers into the rotation, the Owls looked sharp throughout the week and defeated all three opponents - University of British Columbia, University of Fraser Valley and Capilano University - by 22 points or more.
|Rice 96, University of British Columbia 70|
In the first game of the tour, Rice came together to sink 16 three-pointers en route to a 96-70 win against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
Senior Austin Ramljak knocked down 7-of-10 three-pointer to lead the Owls with 25 points, while newcomer Marcus Jackson added 22 points of his own in his first unofficial action in the Blue and Gray.
|Rice 88, University of Fraser Valley 62||Just one day later, the Owls took to the road to take on the University of Fraser Valley Cascades in Abbotsford. Rice maintained its hot shooting touch from the night before, sinking 11 of its first 15 three-point attempts and knocking down 15 for the game.
Sophomore Keith Washington stepped up and led the team with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the 88-62 triumph.
|Rice 73, Capilano University 51|
|The final game of the trip proved to be the most tightly contested as Rice and the Capilano University Blues battled back and forth for the better part of three quarters. The Owls then opened the fourth quarter with a 14-4 run to break the game open and cruise to an eventual 73-51 win.
Max Guercy led Rice in scoring with 20 points, including five three-pointers. Freshman Sean Obi was strong in the paint and nearly notched a double-double, finishing with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
The trip wasn't all business, however, as the team had ample opportunities to see the sights in Vancouver and nearby ski resort town Whistler.
Upon arrival on July 30, Rice visited a beachside restaurant for lunch before practicing at a local high school. The Owls then enjoyed a nice dinner in downtown Vancouver on the eve of back-to-back game days. Day two began with a trip to nearby Stanley Park, which is home to lavish bike and hiking trails as well as a public pool and miles of beaches before taking on UBC.
On Thursday, a majority of the team went on a paddle boarding adventure at Kitsilano Beach. While some of the Owls spent the first few minutes acclimating to the water sport, others were able to set sail almost immediately. That evening, the team traveled northeast from Vancouver to take on University of Fraser Valley in Abbotsford.
Friday was an off day for the team, and members of the travel party scattered to play golf, visit the local aquarium, explore the city, hike up Grousse Mountain and venture to the sea on a whale watching expedition. The Owls then regrouped on Saturday for the final game at North Vancouver's Capilano. After the game, Rice traveled to Whistler for a few relaxing days in the mountains.
At the site of several events of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the Owls took in numerous outdoor activities, including a gondola tour spanning a pair of mountain peaks, zip lining through the forest inhabited by black bears, hiking through the surrounding area and taking in the resort's scenic views. The trip concluded on Aug. 5 as the team returned to the Vancouver airport and the Rice players returned to their respective homes for the remainder of the summer.
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