It took Rice some time to get going, missing his first two shots and failing to score in the first 16 minutes of the game. He took over from there, scoring eight by halftime and finishing with a team-high 22 points, five rebounds and three assists.
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There's something about playing Auburn that brings out the best in Abrams. The junior bounced back from a rough outing against Georgia Tech, posting 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. He shot 7 for 10, including 3 of 5 on triples. Feeling under the weather since Thursday, Abrams added a second solid performance against the Tigers after scoring 27 in last season's meeting.
The stretch four needed only seven shots to produce 14 points, sinking four treys and grabbing six rebounds. It was the first time in three games that Ekey reached double digits in scoring.
The freshman logged 18 minutes, scoring three points and dishing out four assists. His second half lob to Austin Colbert for a slam provided for one of the better highlights moments in the game.
Previous players of the game:
Georgia Tech: Rice
Alabama State: Bertrand
Jacksonville State: Rice