Nov. 24, 2009
HOUSTON - Trey Stanton scored a career-high 23 points and added nine rebounds and three assists to lead the Rice Owls past the Furman Paladins 77-65 before a crowd of 1,791 on Tuesday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The 12-point decision snapped Furman's three-game, season-opening winning streak while helping the Owls improve to 4-1 on the season and a perfect 4-0 at Tudor Fieldhouse. The loss marks Furman's 20th straight defeat away from Carolina First Court at Timmons Arena.
Stanton, a junior, came off of the bench to connect on 9-of-15 field goal attempts and 4-of-5 trips to the charity stripe. The 6-foot-10 center helped Rice build a 33-16 lead with 11 first half points as the Owls held Furman to just one field goal in the opening 11 minutes of the game. Senior Darryl Evans tallied seven points in the final 5:10 of the half to help Furman trim the margin to 39-30 at intermission despite the Paladins shooting just 32.1% from the floor.
After Furman cut the lead to 44-39 with 16:14 left in the game, Rice outscored the Paladins 21-6 over the next eight minutes, keyed by seven more points from Stanton, to push the lead to 65-45 with 7:19 remaining. Jordan Miller, who totaled 16 points on the night, netted the next seven points to spark a Paladin rally, but the Owls held on for the 12-point win.
Tamir Jackson joined Stanton in double figures with 10 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. Connor Frizzelle and Lawrence Ghoram each added nine points while Suleiman chipped in with eight. The Owls shot 52.7% (29-55) from the field and 15-of-21 from the foul line while holding Furman to just 38.5% (20-52) from the floor. Furman did manage to make 7-of-18 three-pointer and 18-of-21 free throw attempts.
Junior Amu Saaka led the Paladins with 18 points and six rebounds while Miller and Justin Dehm reached double digits with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Evans contributed nine points, five boards and three assists without committing a turnover.
Rice held a 35-28 edge on the glass and forced 13 Furman turnovers while committing just nine miscues.
Furman returns to action Friday evening when it travels to face UNC Asheville at the Justice Center in Asheville, N.C. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised live on WMYA My 40 in the upstate of South Carolina and western North Carolina.
Live statistical updates and play-by-play of all Furman home games are available for free through GameTracker at www.furmanpaladins.com. Paladin basketball can be heard live at WOLT-FM 103.3 and WGOG-FM 96.3.