Click here for updates on the evolving COVID-19 situation at Rice
Rice University’s Student Newspaper — Since 1916

Monday, December 06, 2021 — Houston, TX °

Basketball advances to second round of CIT

By Dan Elledge     3/14/12 7:00pm

Even though the Owls did not win an elusive bid to the NCAA tournament, they still get to participate in postseason play. Rice was invited to participate in the CIT, the College Insider Tournament. The tournament featured 32 teams with all teams coming from smaller or "mid-major" conferences with games played on the court of the higher seed.

The Owls landed a first-round matchup at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajuns finished the year with a 16-15 record including a 10-6 record in the Sun Belt conference.

The Owls did not want to end their season on a three-game losing streak and came into the game with a lot of pride. On Wednesday, the Owls and Ragin' Cajuns went back and forth as there were 13 lead changes in the game. With the Owls down 54-51, Rice turned on the jets and proceeded to take control of the game.

Senior forward Lucas Kuipers got the run going as he nailed a three to tie the game off at 54-54. Freshman guard Dylan Ennis helped put Rice up for good as he drained a jumper to give the Owls a 56-54 lead. Junior guard Tamir Jackson and junior forward Arsalan Kazemi combined for the next five points to give Rice a comfortable 61-54 lead. Senior guard Connor Frizzelle capped off the 12-0 run with two free throws to give the Owls a 63-54 advantage. Rice hit enough free throws down the stretch to push away the Ragin' Cajuns and come up with a 68-63 upset on the road.

Frizzelle led all Rice scorers with 18 points as he also added a team-high of four assists. Ennis and freshman Julian DeBose added 10 points apiece along with a strong performance by Kazemi who got 12 rebounds. Kuipers contributed on the defensive end as he notched five rebounds and three blocks.

The Owls' next game is at home against Drake University at 7 p.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse. Drake finished 9-9 in conference and had an overall record of 18-15. The Bulldogs won their first-round CIT match-up at home against North Dakota University with a 70-64 win. The Owls hope to continue their run in the CIT and advance to the quarterfinals, which will take place later in the week.

More from The Rice Thresher

SPORTS 12/2/21 9:37pm
Volleyball sweeps San Diego in NCAA tourney, set for rematch with Texas

Rice volleyball will get another shot at No. 2 University of Texas, Austin after they swept the University of San Diego on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Owls took all three sets against the Toreros by at least five points, en route to the second victory in an NCAA tournament game in program history. After the game, head coach Genny Volpe said she was confident from the get-go. 

SPORTS 11/30/21 11:52pm
Does this count as progress? Football needs a more consistent formula

Most of the way through the 2019 season, I thought that Rice had some of the worst luck in all of college football. Through nine games, the Owls were winless, despite four one-score losses, including an eight-point loss to a Baylor University team that ended the season ranked in the top 15. All signs indicated that the Owls were much better than their 0-9 record and that their bad luck in close games was long overdue to flip. The Owls ended that season with a three-game winning streak, including two one-possession wins, appeared to confirm that theory.

SPORTS 11/30/21 11:52pm
Recap: Football ends season with comeback win over LA Tech

On Saturday, Rice football came back from a ten point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat Louisiana Tech University 35-31 on Senior Day. The come-from-behind win snapped a four-game losing streak and tallied the Owls fourth win of the season, moving their record to 4-8 and 3-5 in Conference-USA.


Please note All comments are eligible for publication by The Rice Thresher.