"Those back to back 3s were back breakers," Rice coach Scott Pera said.
"I thought we played 40 pretty good minutes in Las Vegas, and I thought we played 40 pretty bad ones," said first-year Rice coach Scott Pera, whose Owls lost to UNLV by 27 on Monday. "I think our preparation has been really good. It'd be one thing if I didn't think they were engaged to improve, really locked into the scouting report, or really working hard to break through. We have a really challenging schedule, we knew that going into the season. We've got to learn how to win. My focus every day is to try to get these guys better."