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.
Shooting guard Jaylen Nowell, ranked No. 45 in the ESPN 100, chose the Washington Huskies on Wednesday over California. As a junior he led Garfield Heights to a state championship and was named MVP of the tournament.
Donnie Tyndall has filed an appeal to reverse the 10-year show cause penalty he received from the NCAA in April for violations that occurred while he was coaching Southern Mississippi.
Top-50 prospect Jaylen Nowell committed to Washington on Wednesday. Nowell, a shooting guard, is No. 45 on the ESPN 100.
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