Rice plays host to Texas A&M International on Monday in Tudor Fieldhouse.

Men's Basketball

Owls Close Out Home Stand Monday

Feb. 7, 2010

Rice closes out a three-game home stand Monday when the Owls play host to Texas A&M International in a game added late to the schedule. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse and the game can be heard in Houston on ESPN 97.5 as well as world wide via RiceOwls.com.

Rice, 7-15 overall, is 0-2 during the current home stand including a 79-74 overtime loss to Tulane last Wednesday. On Saturday, UAB rebounded from a double-digit deficit, scoring 16 straight points en route to a 76-65 win.

Texas A&M International, 9-12, has won back-to-back games including a 72-67 victory over Lincoln last Saturday. Dust Devil forward St. Paul Latham scored 26 points in last Saturday's win and is averaging 14.5 points and leads the team with 60 assists.

Monday's game is the third against a Division I opponent this season for the Dust Devils. Texas A&M International lost games at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas State by an average of six points.

Last week Rice freshman Arsalan Kazemi was named Conference USA's Rookie of the Week following a 14-point, 14-rebound effort in the Owls' win over ECU. Kazemi has gone on to post three straight double-doubles including 15 points and 13 rebounds in Saturday's loss to UAB.

For the season Kazemi is averaging 11.2 points and 9.0 rebounds. In conference play, he is one of only two players averaging a double-double at 12.6 points and 10.9 rebounds an outing.

Freshman Tamir Jackson is the Owls' leading scorer, averaging 11.8 points per game. Jackson also leads the team with 70 assists and 43 steals. He is averaging 13.1 points in league play.

Junior center Trey Stanton has scored in double figures in each of the Owls' last four games. He had 12 points and nine rebounds in the loss to UAB and for the season is averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 boards.

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