Feb. 19, 2011
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Memphis vs. Rice Game Book
HOUSTON - Rice held Memphis to a season-low scoring night en route to a 67-52 victory over the Tigers Saturday in Tudor Fieldhouse.
Tamir Jackson scored 20 points, his second-straight 20 point game, while Arsalan Kazemi posted his 16th double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Suleiman Braimoh provided energy off the bench. The senior had a career-high four steals and equaled another career mark with three blocks to go with eight points and four rebounds.
With the win, Rice improved to 12-14 and 4-8 in Conference USA play. The Owls travel to SMU on Wednesday before playing host to East Carolina next Saturday. Memphis entered the game with a half-game lead in the C-USA standings. With the loss, the Tigers fell to 20-7 and 8-4.
After being outrebounded by 12 boards in Wednesday's loss at Marshall, Rice held an advantage on the glass Saturday. The Owls won the rebounding battle 39-30.
Rice led 35-26 at intermission. The first half ended with dunks on both ends of the floor.
Trey Stanton broke a late press by the Tigers with a pass across the court to Arsalan Kazemi who went to the hoop for a jam. The next time down the floor Will Barton flushed a dunk to cut the Owls' lead back to single figures before the break.
One of the key sequences of the game came with just over 13 minutes to play.
Memphis' Chris Crawford launched a three pointer from the right side that Braimoh was able to get out and swat away. Kazemi came up with the rebound and at the other end of the floor point guard Bryan Beasley fed Braimoh for a short jumper that put the Owls up 42-32.
Rice would never relinquish the double-figure lead following Braimoh's bucket.
Rice players blocked seven shots in the game and six were tracked down by the Owls for defensive rebounds. Freshman David Chadwick had the first two blocks of his career on consecutive possessions late in the first half.
Late in the game, Rice would extend its lead out to as many as 20 points, 66-46 with 1:46 to play.
The victory was the Owls' first against Memphis. The Tigers had won the first seven meetings in the series and were 5-0 against the Owls in Conference USA play.
Antonio Barton came off the bench to lead Memphis with 14 points. The Tigers' leading scorer, Will Barton, was held to 3-for-11 shooting and eight points.