Feb. 11, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice connected on a school-record 16 three-pointers, as Southern Miss fell to the Owls, 88-72, Wednesday night at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The 16 three-pointers are also a Southern Miss opponent record.
Southern Miss (13-10, 3-6 C-USA) has now lost four straight games and five of the last seven.
R.L. Horton scored 23 points to lead Southern Miss. Jeremy Wise scored 19 points, and Craig Craft recorded his third double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Courtney Beasley added 13 points and eight boards.
To start the game, the teams traded leads until a Craig Craft put-back tied the game at 12 7:22 into the game. However, over the next nine minutes, Rice (8-15, 3-6) went on a 22-6 run behind five three-pointers to take a 34-18 lead that they would never relinquish with 3:04 to play in the half.
Just over two minutes later, after two jumpers by R.L. Horton and Jeremy Wise, Rodney Foster connected on this fourth three-pointer of the half, giving Rice a 39-22 lead, its largest of the half. The teams traded buckets in the last minute, and Southern Miss went into the break down 41-24, its largest halftime deficit of the year.
Rice extended the lead to 51-33 six minutes into the half. With 15:06 remaining, the Owls led 53-37. But Southern Miss went on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 53-44. However, Rice pushed the lead back out to 15 points with 10:35 to play. The Golden Eagles then went on a 7-1 run, but again, Rice extended its advantage to 15 points. Southern Miss would not get closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
The Owls, who were shooting just 41.3-percent for the year, shot 58.0-percent (29-50) for the game, including 16-of-24 from behind the arc. The Golden Eagles outrebounded Rice, 35-25.
Connor Frizzelle led Rice with 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting from behind the arc. Rodney Foster scored 20 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting. Cory Pflieger contributed 18 points and Lawrence Ghoram added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Southern Miss begins a two-game homestand this Saturday, Feb. 14. The Golden Eagles will host No. 8 Memphis in a nationally-televised game on CBS College Sports. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. CT.
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