Nov. 21, 2014
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HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men's basketball looks to carry over momentum from its home opener as it hosts William & Mary on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Owls (1-1) seek a second-straight win after taking down Prairie View A&M, 68-64, in the team's home opener on Wednesday night.
Sophomore Marcus Jackson more than doubled his previous career scoring high with 30 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 10-of-10 free throws in the home opener. The win was the Owls' first of the season as the home team broke open a tie game with a late 10-1 run to take the lead for good.
In addition to Jackson's stout free throw shooting, the Owls knocked down 5-of-6 in the final 20 seconds of regulation to seal the win. Andrew Drone matched a career-best 10 points in the game while freshman Bishop Mency scored 11 points for a second-straight game.
Scouting the Tribe
• William & Mary has won two-straight games, including a 100-57 home victory against Bluefield College on Thursday night.
• Three players average double-figure points for the Tribe, led by Marcus Thornton's 14.0 scoring clip. He led four players in double figures against Bluefield with 18 points in the win.
• W&M is 2-0 at home with a 56-49 win against Howard, but is 0-1 on the road after a 68-45 setback at Florida in the season opener.
• In his 12th season leading the Tribe, head coach Tony Shaver is the program's winningest coach, with 139 victories. He previously coached at Hampden-Sydney from 1983-2003, where he faced off against current Rice head coach Mike Rhoades, who coached at ODAC rival Randolph-Macon from 1999-2009.
• The pair combined to win five-straight ODAC Coach of the Year awards from 1999-2003.
Rice holds a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with the Tribe.
The Owls claimed a 77-74 road win on Jan. 6, 1971 in Williamsburg as well as an 89-76 home victory the following season, on Dec. 22, 1971. Rice is 2-2 all-time against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association with a 1992 setback against Delaware and 2012 loss to Drexel.
More on Jackson's 30
• Jackson became the first Owl to notch 30 points in a game since another Jackson, 2013 graduate Tamir, reached the same total in his final game in the 2013 Conference USA Championship against Houston.
• Jackson is one of just 24 NCAA Division I players to reach 30 points in a game so far this season. Only two players (Anthony Beane Jr. - SIU, Montrezl Harrell - Louisville) took fewer shots from the field (12) to reach the mark.
• He is one of 11 players in the nation have shot at least 10 free throws in a game at a 100 percent clip.
Following Saturday's game, the Owls head to the GCI Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage. The first game is set for Thursday, Nov. 27, against Mercer.