4:30 PM ET, November 30, 2003
Tudor Fieldhouse, Houston, Texas
Jason McKrieth scored 14 points for Rice (3-1). Brock Gillespie added 13 points and Michael Harris had eight points and nine rebounds."We let a game get away," coach Willis Wilson said. "It is plain and simple. If we have any reason to be upset or angry we should point at ourselves."Stanford was again without preseason All-American Josh Childress, sidelined by a stress fracture in his left foot."He's going to be out for a while," Montgomery said. "But right now, this group has shown some resiliency, some toughness. Obviously, Josh would help us a great deal because he does a lot of things for us, but we are just going to keep pushing with the guys we have."The Cardinal rallied from a 31-22 deficit early in the second half. Hernandez made a 3-pointer and Little made three straight baskets as Stanford closed within a point, 33-32.Robinson then converted a three-point play to give Stanford its first lead at 35-33.Hernandez, held to two points in the first half, made two 3-pointers, seven free throws and a 2-point basket in the second half."Rice is a very good defensive team," Montgomery said. "They really rotate well. They are quick. They do not let you get to the basket. They contest everything."Eventually, Montgomery said his team was able to adjust to the Owls' style.Little shot 7-for-11 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line.Rice shot just 13-for-25 from the line, while Stanford converted 14 of 19 free-throw attempts."There are certain things you have to do to win basketball games and that is put it in the hoop and we didn't put it in the hoop," Wilson said. "Against good teams you have got to make free throws. ... That is the thing that caught up with us today."Stanford led 56-54 with 1:29 remaining and used four free throws by Hernandez to seal the win.Stanford has never lost to Rice, winning eight straight in the series, including Montgomery's first win at the school in 1986.
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