Jan. 17, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS, La. - Rice University men's basketball closes out its two-game road trip at Tulane on Saturday in the final regular season meeting as Conference USA rivals. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Owls played their first road game in league play on Thursday at Southern Miss. The team seeks its third road win of the year.
Austin Ramljak leads the Owls in scoring and has tallied 14 points in each of the three C-USA games on the season.
Rice upped its average to 8.63 three-pointers per game after sinking 12 at Southern Miss on Thursday night. Ramljak ranks second in C-USA with 3.5 treys per contest.
Rice battled full-court pressure from Southern Miss in a tough 84-62 setback on Thursday. The Owls fell behind early but rallied to cut the deficit to just six points at halftime.
Max Guercy sank a career-best five three-pointers to lead the Owls with 15 points on the night, while Ramljak scored 14, including four three-pointers of his own.
The Golden Eagles owned a 43-20 rebound advantage and a 26-6 lead in free throw attempts to pick up the win. Rice dished out 18 assists (on 24 field goals) for the second-straight game.
Scouting the Green Wave (9-9, 1-2 C-USA)
Tulane fell at home against Louisiana Tech, 73-45, on Thursday night.
Louis Dabney led the team with 11 points while star freshman Jonathan Stark added seven points and a pair of steals.
Head coach Ed Conroy's team shot just 23.3 percent in the game including a dismal 0-14 mark from downtown. The Green Wave made up for those figures with 25-of-30 free throws on the night.
On the season, Dabney leads the team with 17.8 points per game, just ahead of Stark's 16.2 scoring average.
Seven of the team's wins have come at home, including a recent three-game winning streak at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Series History (Tied, 26-26)
Tulane won both meetings last season to knot the series at 26 wins apiece.
In first meeting, at Tulane, Seth Gearhart scored a career-high 23 points with four three-pointers in his final full game of the season. Three other Owls scored in double figures in the 73-66 setback as well, including 11 points and six assists from Guercy.
In the second meeting, Tulane shot nearly 50 percent from the field and claimed a 39-23 advantage in rebounds en route to an 89-64 win at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Guercy averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals in the two meetings and Gearhart is the only Owl to have faced the Green Wave three times in his career.
Following Saturday's game, the Owls return home to host Marshall on Thursday, Jan. 23 in the first half of a two-game homestand.