HOUSTON – HBU passed Rice by 12, but failed to overcome the Owls’ scorching three-point shot, falling 88-73 on Saturday night at the Sharp Gym.
HBU (3-6) got back-to-back buckets of Brycen Long and Sam hofman for a 6-3 lead early on, but the next eight points went to Rice (6-4) for an 11-6 game at 3:29 pm. The Huskies’ deficit remained in single digits for the next nine minutes with a Za-Ontay Boothman and a three-way HBU draw, 25-22, with 6:28 left in the half. The Owls then went on a 12-0 run to lead by 15 with just under four to go and led by 19, 51-32, at halftime.
In the second half, whenever the Huskies made an effort to reduce Rice’s lead, the Owls responded and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half. HBU beat the Owls 41-37 in the second half.
Jade Tse led the Huskies with 14 points, tying their career high with 4 of 12 shots while hitting 6 of 8 from the foul line. Hofman finished the night with 12 points and took six rebounds. Zach Iyeyemi and Boothman both scored 10 points off the bench. Brycen Long, meanwhile, had nine points, tied his career record with five assists, had four rebounds and had two blocked shots and two steals. Darius lee led all players with 11 rebounds to go along with eight points and four assists.
HBU bounced off the Owls, 43-31, and had 18 rebounds on the offensive side which led to 21 second-chance points. The Huskies shot 40 percent (26 of 65) from the ground while Rice connected to a 50 percent clip (32 of 64) and hit 15 of 31 (48.4 percent) from long distance.
Rice’s Quincy Olivari led all players with 27 points, shooting 11 of 15 from the floor and 4 of 7 of three. Carl Pierre added 21 for the Owls as the only other player on the squad to score in double digits.
The Huskies have more than a week off and the finals will be held next week before heading to Miami, Fla. For their last game before Christmas, against Florida International on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 6:00 p.m. CT.