Owls Have Become Road Warriors
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HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) – Rice Head Basketball Coach Ben Braun and his Owls’ team make it two in a row on the road after a stunning last-second shot by senior guard Connor Frizzelle earned them a 50-49 victory at Tulane. With only 4 seconds remaining and down 49-47, freshman guard Ahmad Ibrahim inbounded the crisp pass to Frizzelle, who, deep from the right wing took the game winning three-point shot.
“We were trying to get a couple of different looks. We were trying to get Arsalan on a low-post-touch for either a foul, basket, or both. (It) was a tough situation for them (to defend) because we had Connor involved in the screening.
“So, either you let Connor go or you let Arsalan go and they couldn’t do both. So, we were able to get Connor free coming off. We try to get those guys involved in the screening situation a lot. Hopefully, it will free somebody and it did this time.”
Frizzelle finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and the game winning 3-pointer.
“Connor obviously showed a lot of toughness and confidence to be able to knock that shot down. But, he’s done it before. If you remember last year against Houston, he hit a big shot; another shot that if he doesn’t hit, we don’t win that game. He just puts us into overtime that allows us to get that win.
“So, he’s hit some big shots. He’s taken some big shots. He’s been at the foul line and made shots. It’s good to have players with that kind of confidence and it was a great morale booster for us.”
Talk about a boost, two of Braun’s Owls were rewarded for their efforts as senior forward Arsalan Kazemi and freshman guard Ahmad Ibrahim won Conference USA Player of the Week and C-USA Freshman of the Week honors respectively.
The Owls won consecutive conference games last week on the road at SMU and Tulane. Kazemi averaged 16.5 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 67 percent from the field. He’s also the number 1 player in college basketball with 41 double-doubles while being ranked number 3 nationally in rebounds per game with 12.