In a game that never felt close, Rice basketball saw its Briefing U.s. Tournament run come to a close in a blowout loss to favorite North Texas.

“Playing with business firm coin” is the phrase Rice basketball head coach Scott Pera used when previewing Thursday night’s game against North Texas when he met with his squad following the Owls’ opening win of the Conference U.s. Tournament over Charlotte. He knew the odds were stacked against his team against the league’s No. 1 squad. He was right.

Due north Texas hit Rice hard from the jump, converting their first 9 2-point shots. Whether it was Max Fiedler or Myljael Poteat inside, Rice had no answer in the paint. At the same time, Rice struggled to get into any sort of offensive rhythm against Briefing United states’s all-time defensive squad.

“We didn’t bring our A-game and that’s what happens,” Pera said, summing upwardly a rough two hours of basketball in one quaint refrain.

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Trailing 14-9 in the showtime half, the Owls sputter became a slump.  A 14-0 North Texas run spanned part of a x minute, 34-second streak in which Rice didn’t hit a unmarried field goal. They missed all eight of their shots during that time. By the fourth dimension Max Fiedler finally got the Owls a bucket, the North Texas pb had ballooned to 20 points. Rice would become into halftime down by eighteen.

Rice wouldn’t find any relief after the suspension. Beat out up and, equally Pera put it without “a ton of juice”, things spiraled. Northward Texas’ first three field goals of the 2d one-half were 3-pointers, giving them six triples to the Owls’ singular made iii.

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With the border on the boards, in the pigment and from distance, in that location wasn’t much Rice was able to practice to fight back. Northward Texas would sprint through the one-half, endmost out their third win of the flavor over Rice in disarming fashion.

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Poteat subbed in quickly once information technology became clear Northward Texas would accept its manner on the interior of both sides of the court. He struggled at times against the Mean Greenish, besides, only finished with a team-high 10 points and four rebounds, missing time with an apparent injury suffered on his style to the basket. On a dark filled with misses, Poteat made 4-of-5 and remains a brilliant spot for the future.

Stat Corner | Two

There were a myriad of stats that went against the Owls in a game that got away from them rather quickly. Mayhap the most fitting was the Owls’ hallmark measure: three-bespeak shots. Rice made just two three-point shots, a season-depression. They’d been held to three or fewer triples by just one other opponent this season, fittingly, North Texas who had held them to three apiece in each of their previous meetings.

Final Box | North Texas 58 – Rice 50

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The Conference USA Tournament loss marks the end of all currently scheduled games for Rice basketball game. As things currently stand, they’ll exist in the mix for postseason action. Details of if the Owls brand any field and who/when they’ll play adjacent will be fabricated available in the coming days.

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Pera said he believes at that place might all the same be a postseason spot for this squad. “Any fourth dimension we can late in March in this program, that’due south the goal. That’s what we’re striving to do,” he said of any potential postseason bid. “We’ll be exciting as heck to get that opportunity.”

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