Nov. 17, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Julian DeBose scored a career-high 15 points and Tamir Jackson notched a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, but Temple pulled away late in the second half to claim a 77-63 over Rice University men's basketball on Saturday night at the Liacouras Center.
Rice (1-2) overcame a slow start and erased an 11-point deficit midway through the first half. Jackson converted a three-point play on a difficult drive to the lane to pull the visiting Owls within 23-21 before DeBose added the tying layup less than a minute later.
Rice would tie once more in the half, but could not claim a lead as Temple (2-0) took a 34-31 advantage into the locker room at the break.
Jackson then scored 10 of Rice's first 18 points in the second half as the visitors pulled within one point on four occasions after the intermission, but the momentum never fully swung the team's way.
After a Jackson trey made the score 50-49, Temple took off on an 8-0 run to find more of a cushion with 7:30 to play. From there, Rice never pulled any closer than six points, as the home team sank 16-of-17 free throws in the second half.
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson led Temple with 18 points, while Anthony Lee (16-13) and Scootie Randall (16-12) added double-doubles via points and rebounds to buoy head coach Fran Dunphy's squad.
Freshman Keith Washington scored a season-best 12 points in front of a hometown crowd. The Philadelphia native was cheered throughout the game by dozens of friends and family members in attendance. The guard added two steals, an assist and a rebound to accompany a 3-for-11 shooting performance and 5-of-6 mark at the foul line.
DeBose matched his previous high scoring outing with 13 first-half points and finished the game shooting 6-of-10 from the field with one three-pointer. The sophomore added four rebounds and an assist in 34 minutes.
In his second-straight double-double performance, Jackson shot 6-of-17 from the field with three treys and a pair of assists in 38 minutes. Eleven of his boards came on the defensive end of the floor.
After Rice's first two opponents this season combined to shoot a solid 39.5 percent on three-point attempts, Rice held Temple to just 15.4 percent (4-of-26) from beyond the arc. Rice shot 34.8 percent from deep and narrowly outshot Temple, 41.5 percent to 41.3 percent, from the field.
Temple converted 13 Rice turnovers into 20 points, and held a 43-30 advantage on the glass, including 16 second-chance points on 16 offensive rebounds.
Freshman Max Guercy chipped in nine points on 3-of-5 shooting with three rebounds in 26 minutes and Austin Ramljak added six points (2-5 3FG) and another of Rice's six assists.
Rice heads to the west coast next for the DirecTV Classic in Anaheim, Calif. on Nov. 22-25. The team's first-round game is set for Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m. CT against Georgia Tech. The game will be televised on ESPNU.