HOUSTON -- Tamir Jackson scored 20 points and Rice beat Memphis for the first time in school history, 67-52 Saturday night.
Connor Frizzelle added 12 points and Arsalan Kazemi had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Owls (12-14, 4-8 Conference USA), who had lost the seven previous meetings with the Tigers, including an 80-68 decision earlier this season.
Antonio Barton scored 14 points for Memphis (20-7, 8-4), which came into the game having won four straight and leading the conference.
Rice fell behind 3-0 before surging ahead with a 13-3 run and never trailed again. The Owls took a 35-26 lead into halftime, and the Tigers didn't get closer than seven the rest of the game.
Rice, which snapped a three-game losing streak, limited Memphis to 35.4 percent shooting and its lowest point total of the season.
Purdue coach Matt Painter says players haven't used the 5th-year graduate transfer rule for its true intent.
The dust has settled after players made their NBA draft decisions. Which college teams won? Which lost? Well, Villanova is pretty happy. USC, meanwhile, might not be as thrilled.
The 2017 recruiting class is short on point guards, with Trevon Duval leading only eight prospects from the ESPN 60 who are still available.
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