HOUSTON – HBU took a two-point lead into the half but Rice shot its way past the Huskies as the men’s basketball team fell to the crosstown rival Owls in Tudor Fieldhouse on Saturday evening by a score of 96-84.
Back-to-back layups gave the Huskies (0-8) an early 8-7 lead with all eight of HBU’s points coming in the paint. The Huskies scored 10 of their first 13 points from close range. Neither team led by more than three until an eight-point burst by HBU that included back-to-back threes by Ian DuBose and Jalon Gates put the Huskies ahead by six, 32-26, with just 4:22 left in the half.
The first half saw 10 lead changes and seven ties in the first 14 minutes of the game before that 8-0 HBU run. The Huskies lead reached as high as seven on two occasions with a Philip McKenzie layup making it 41-34 but a 5-0 run by Rice (7-4) closed the gap to 41-39 at the half.
Rice came out and regained the lead with an and-one but the Huskies answered with the next six points and a Myles Pierre jumper put HBU ahead 51-46 with 16:22 on the clock. The Owls then went on a 14-5 run over a three-minute stretch to lead by five. From there, DuBose and Gates again knocked down back-to-back treys for what proved to the Huskies’ final lead of the game.
The Owls pulled away thanks to 57.1 percent (20-of-35) shooting from the floor which included 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from deep after shooting just 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from behind the arc in the first half. HBU, meanwhile, was just 3-of-12 (25 percent) from three after connecting on 7-of-14 (50 percent) in the first half.
DuBose led all players with a season-high 29 points and matched his season-best with 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. The junior was 12-of-21 from the floor, 4-of-10 from three, and dished out three assists. Gates finished with 16 points and a career-high seven rebounds, knocking down 4-of-9 from deep.
Junior Ty Dalton ended the game with a career-high seven assists while adding six points and six rebounds. Pierre added 11 points for the Huskies while Philip McKenzie scored a season-best eight points off the bench.
Both teams shot well with HBU posting a shooting percentage of 51.5 percent (34-of-66) and the Owls shooting 53 percent (35-of-66). The Huskies held a 39-32 advantage on the boards but lost the turnover battle, committing 17 while forcing 11.
HBU will travel to Johnson Coliseum in Nacogdoches, Texas for the Southland Conference opener against Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.