— Penn got a strong start in the second half as Rice fell, 92-76, at Penn Friday night.
What Scott Pera Had to Say
"(Penn) came out and tried to throw a knockout punch. Our guys responded tremendously. We got the lead in the first half but did not handle the end of the half well. There's just little things that we don't have all the way ready to win a game on the road. But we battled. There's certainly many things to build on. I told them in the locker room that I'm disappointed but I'm not discouraged."
Rice got off to a strong start, making three of its first six shots to jump out to an early 7-5 lead. However, Penn went on a 12-0 run to take a 17-7 lead and force a Rice timeout. The tams then traded baskets over the next 3:22 as the Quakers pushed their lead to 11. But the Owls came right back, going on a 9-0 run to pull within two. Penn pushed its lead to five, but a 9-3 run, capped off by a Josh Parrish
layup, gave Rice the 35-34 lead. However, Penn scored the final three points of the half to take a 37-35 lead at the break.
The Turning Point
Rice began the second half with a layup by Drew Peterson
to tie the game. That's when Penn took over, going on a 22-8 run to take a 59-45 lead. The Owls would get it back to 10 points, but could get no closer as the Quakers shot 59.3% in the second half.
Rice was led by junior Robert Martin
with 16 points. Martin hit all six of his shots from the floor, including three, three-pointers. Redshirt sophomore Josh Parrish
had 15 points and graduate transfer Jack Williams
had 13 points and six rebounds.
• Rice fell to 1-1 on the year.
• Rice dropped to 1-2 all-time against Penn and 0-2 on the road.
• The Owls lost their road opener for the first time since 2015-16.
• Robert Martin
led the Owls for the second straight game, scoring 16 points and adding a team-high six rebounds.
• Martin tied a career-high with three, three-pointers.
• Josh Parrish
scored a career-high 15 points.
• Jack Williams
scored 13 points while leading the team in rebounds for the second straight game with six.
• Chris Mullins
had five steals, becoming the first player with at least five steals since Marcus Evans had six against FIU on Feb. 20, 2016.
• Rice shot 47.0% from the field and 33.3% from three.
Rice opens play in the Men Against Breast Cancer Cougar Cup next Monday, Nov. 12, when it hosts Alabama A&M. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be livestreamed by CUSAtv.