Former NBA player and Rice star Mike Harris had a 29-point, 15-rebound double-double to lead the Sichuan Blue Whales to a 96-88 win over Liaoning in game two of the Chinese Basketball Association Finals.
Harris also had 3 blocks and a steal in the win, which evened the series at 1 game apiece.
Hamed Haddadi added 25 points with a whopping 26 rebounds, and Justin Dentmon (Washington) chipped in 12 points with 9 assists for Sichuan in the victory.
For Liaoning, Lester Hudson (University of Tennessee-Martin) had 28 points with 10 rebounds, Ailun Guo scored 19, and Shavlik Randolph (Duke) added 9 points with 11 rebounds in the loss.
But the star of the game was Harris.
On the year, Harris was the CBA’s 10th leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 31 points along with 11.5 boards.
Last season, Harris played in Puerto Rico, where he led Ponce to its second straight Puerto Rico BSN league championship, and was named finals MVP for the second year in a row.
In addition, he was Ponce’s leading scorer and rebounder during the regular season with 18 points and 10.7 rebounds a game.
Last season, he also played with the Qingdao Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 22.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
The 6-6, 240-pound forward has played in the NBA for the Rockets, Wizards and Jazz, averaging 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.
A former college star at Rice, Harris graduated in 2005 as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder.