The Tulane Green Wave held the lead for much of the game but faded in the second half and the
Rice Owls took a 75-70 overtime victory in the Conference USA opener before a crowd of 1,295
at Autry Court.
Rice is 7-7 overall and 1-0 C-USA, Tulane's record falls to 7-6 overall, and 0-1 in C-USA.
The Green Wave was led by Robinson Louisme, who recorded a double-double scoring 19 points
and snagging 11 rebounds to lead Tulane. Sophomore Daniel Puckett added 14 points and seven rebounds, David Gomez added 11 points and Matt Wheaton scored 10, but their efforts weren't enough for Tulane.
Tulane shot only 40% from the free throw line in the game, making 10-of-25 attempts. Louisme
was 3-of-7 from the charity line, including 2 crucial misses with 14 seconds left in regulation.
Wheaton and Donnie Stith combined to make only 6-of-12 free throw attempts, making 3 free throws each.
The Owls were led by Morris Almond, who tallied 17 points despite making only 4-of-17 shots
from the field. Almond led Rice from the line, making 9-of-10 free-throw attempts, as the Owls
were 26-of-38 as a team from the line.
Guard Lorenzo Williams played all 40 minutes for the Owls, adding 15 points and five assists.
Cory Pfleiger led Rice from beyond the arc, making 3-of-5 attempts in only 12 minutes of action. As a team Rice was 7-of-18 from 3-point territory.
Greg Killings grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for Rice in the win.
Tulane turned the ball over 20 times to Rice's 13 turnovers. Rice scored 22 points off turnovers, while Tulane scored only 13 points off Rice turnovers.
In the first half, Tulane connected on 48.3 percent of its shots from the floor and 5-of-10 from long range, to open a 38-30 lead at halftime. For the game, however, the Wave shot only 42 percent from the floor and 33% from beyond the 3-point arc. Daniel Puckett led the Wave from the outside the arc, making 4-of-9 attempts. The Wave was 6-of-18 as a team from beyond the arc.
The game was tied at 63 at the end of regulation, as neither team made a fied goal in the final minute.
In the overtime period, the Owls made 7-of-12 free throw attempts while Tulane was only 1-of-7
from the charity stripe in OT.
Tulane returns to action Saturday, Jan 13, against CUSA foe UAB, with a 2 p.m. tip off set in Fogleman Arena.