Jan. 23, 2010
Rice vs. Tulsa Game Book
TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa's Ben Uzoh scored 17 points and had four steals to help spark Tulsa to a 62-58 win over Rice Saturday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
With the win, Tulsa extended its current win streak to seven games and improved to 16-3 and 5-0. Rice is now 6-13 and 0-6.
Rice fought to the final possession as the Owls turned a nine-point Tulsa lead into a one-possession game in the final minute.
Trey Stanton scored from outside with 41 seconds to play, and after Donte Medder made just one of two free throws, a three-point play by Tamir Jackson cut the advantage to five, 61-56 with 11 seconds left. Following Jackson's free throw, Suleiman Braimoh stole the ensuing inbounds. Stanton missed a jumper but Braimoh grabbed the offensive rebound and scored to cut the lead to 61-58 with a second on the clock.
The Owls were called for a foul trying to come up with another inbounds steal and Jerome Jordan made a free throw to account for the final margin of victory.
Rice held Jordan, the Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year, to just one first-half field goal attempt. He did not have a field goal until a turnaround jumper at the 7:09 mark gave Tulsa a 49-41 lead. The basket was part of a 6-0 run that gave the Hurricane its biggest lead to that point.
Jordan finished with 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting along with nine rebounds.
Uzoh provided Tulsa with a spark in both halves.
Early in the second half, Rice had come back to take its first lead of the period on an Arsalan Kazemi layup that gave the Owls a 37-35 lead. Uzoh answered at the other end of the floor with a three-pointer to put the Golden Hurricane back in front. His defensive pressure led to a turnover on the Owls' next possession and later on a breakaway dunked the ball over a Rice defender to extend Tulsa's lead to 40-37 with 13:27 to play in the game.
Early in the first half after Rice jumped out to a 9-4 lead, Uzoh started a 7-0 Golden Hurricane run with a pair of steals and layups.
For Rice, Jackson scored all of his game-high 18 points in the second half after three, first-half fouls limited him to four minutes in the period.
Stanton scored 11 points and had nine rebounds while Kazemi finished a field goal shy of a double-double with eight points and 11 boards.
Rice returns to action next Saturday with another road trip as the Owls travel to East Carolina. Rice begins a three-game home stand Feb. 3 when the Owls play host to Tulane. Following a Feb. 6 game against UAB, the home stand concludes Feb. 8 with a recently added game with Texas A&M International.