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Aces put up epic battle in Gulf Coast Showcase opener

ESTERO, Fla. – In one of the most efficient games that you will ever see, Antoine Smith Jr. was a perfect 9-for-9 from the field on his way to a career-high 24 points in the opening game of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Monday at Hertz Arena. Smith along with Jawaun Newton were the top performers for the University of Evansville men's basketball team, who dropped a hard-fought triple overtime contest to Rice. Box Score (PDF) With the loss, UE (2-4) will take on the loser of today's Oakland/Vermont game at 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning.