The score could have been named at any point during the evening thus the final tally was largely irrelevant. Coming out of a 10-day break for final exams, what was of critical significance was how Rice performed.
Would the Owls appear lethargic following their lengthy layoff, or were they chomping at the bit to take the court for the first time since Dec. 3? Would they pick up where they left off, defending with vigor and sharing the basketball selflessly, or did their good habits require reinforcement?
That Louisiana College served as the opponent was immaterial. What the Owls needed to do was adhere to previous standards of excellence.
Rice throttled its Division III opposition on Wednesday night at Tudor Fieldhouse, racing to a 109-51 win that matched the third-largest margin of victory in program history. More important than the point total, the fourth-most in a single game, was the defense the Owls played and the energy they used to stifle Louisiana College at most every tur...