Dec. 16, 2004
HOUSTON - Junior Alan Daniels recorded his second double-double of the season but it was not enough as Lamar dropped a hard-fought 81-75 decision at Rice in non-conference basketball action Thursday night at Autry Court.
Lamar, which dropped to 4-3 on the season, had its three-game winning streak snapped. Rice improved to 5-1 on the season. Lamar returns home for Wiley College Saturday night at 7 p.m. It's "Family Night" at the Montagne Center. A family can get four game tickets, four hot dogs and four cokes for just $35.
A conventional three point play by Patrick Britton gave Rice a seven-point lead, 49-42, with 13:38 remaining in the game. Lamar responded with a 20-7 run to take a six-point lead, 62-56, on a layup by Raymond Anthony. Brandon Chappell started the rally with a three-pointer and Daniels canned a pair of 3's during the run.
Brock Gillespie keyed Rice's comeback, scoring nine straight points. He converted consecutive layups, the latter of which gave the Owls the lead for good at 65-64 with 6:20 remaining. J.R. Harrison's layup gave the Owls their biggest lead of the half at 75-67 at 1:55.
Trailing 28-22 following a Jason McKrieth three-pointer, Lamar outscored Rice 10-1 to close out the first half with a 32-29 lead.
Daniels scored 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Anthony added 15 points on 3-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. Jason Grant also recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, which equaled his career-high.
Lamar shot 36.7 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 58.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded the Owls 49 to 36, including 24 on the offensive glass.
Michael Harris recorded a double-double with 241 points and 10 rebounds to lead Rice. He was 8-of-15 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Harrison added a career-high 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Gillespie chipped in 13 off the bench and McKrieth had 11.
Rice shot 52.6 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from 3-point range and 70.8 percent from the free throw line.