Marshall doesn#8217;t find Owls much of a hoot

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 3, 2006

HUNTINGTON, WV - These two Owls weren’t much of a hoot for Marshall’s sense of humor.

Morris Almond and Lorenzo Williams combined for 51 points as the Rice Owls edged the Marshall Thundering Herd 78-75 Wednesday in a Conference USA game.

Morris scored 36 points while Williams hit a shot to tie the game and then the go-ahead basket as Rice held off the Herd.

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Marshall (9-12, 2-6) led 71-69 after a pair of foul shots by Mark Patton with 3:46 to play.

Williams’ jumper 26 seconds later tied the game and his steal and three-point play with 2:40 left put Rice up for good at 74-71

Patton’s dunk with 2:06 left got the Herd within a point, but Almond scored inside the paint off a pass from Williams and it was 76-73.

Tre Whitted missed a 3-point attempt but Patton got the putback with one minute left and it was a one-point game again.

Williams’ basket with 27 seconds to play extended the Rice lead to 78-75. Patton and Travis Aikens each missed 3-point goal attempts over the final five seconds.

The Thundering Herd trailed 25-21 at the half.

Patton finished with 26 points on 11 of 13 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. Markel Humphrey had 14 points, Whitted 11 and Aikens 10.

Williams was the only other Owl in double figures with 15 points. Williams had 10 rebounds for Rice (10-11, 4-4).

RICE

(10-11, 4-4 C-USA)

Jamaal Moore 1-5 (0-0) 3-6 5, Patrick Britton 2-6 (0-0) 5-6 9, Matt Hagen 0-0 (0-0) 0-0 0, Lorenzo Williams 7-11 (0-1) 1-1 15, Morris Almond 13-23 (2-3) 8-8 36, Paulius Packevicius 0-0 (0-0) 1-2 1, Rodney Foster 2-3 (0-0) 1-2 5, J.R. Harrison 2-8 (0-1) 3-4 7, Aleks Perka 0-0 (0-0) 0-0 0. Totals: 27-56

(2-5)

22-29

78. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Packevicius. Rebounds: 10-30=40 (Almond 10, Williams 6, Harrison 6). Assists: 15 (Williams 9, Foster 3). Steals: 8 (Moore 2, Almond 2). Turnovers: 19. Blocked shots: 3 (Moore 2).

MARSHALL

(9-12, 2-6 C-USA)

Markel Humphrey 5-13 (4-10) 0-0 14, LaVar Carter 1-1 (0-0) 0-0 2, Mark Patton 11-13 (0-1) 4-4 26, Chris Ross 1-7 (0-0) 1-2 3, Tre Whitted 3-13 (2-10) 3-4 11, Travis Aikens 4-16 (0-7) 2-6 10, Ryan Lamb 0-1 (0-1) 0-0 0, Adam Zimmerman 0-2 (0-2) 0-0 0, Jean Fran Bro Grebe 0-0 (0-0) 0-0 0, Mark Dorris 4-12 (1-3) 0-0 9. Totals: 29-78

(7-34)

10-16

75. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 22-22=44 (Aikens 9, Patton 9, Whitted 7). Assists: 15 (Ross 11). Steals: 12 (Ross 5, Patton 3). Turnovers: 15. Blocked shots: 1 (Ross).

Halftime: Rice 25, Marshall 21. Attendance: 3,572.