Scores

Final

Rice 68

(10-7, 1-1 C-USA)

SMU 52

(9-7, 1-1 C-USA)

8:00 PM ET, January 11, 2012

Moody Coliseum, Dallas, Texas

1 2 T
RICE 29 3968
SMU 23 2952

Top Performers

Rice: A. Kazemi 21 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

Southern Methodist: J. Samarrippas 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

Rice 68, SMU 52

Associated Press

DALLAS -- Arsalan Kazemi had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Rice to a 68-52 victory over SMU on Wednesday night.

Ahmad Ibrahim added 14 points and Lucas Kuipers 10 for the Owls (10-7, 1-1 Conference USA), who shot 52.1 percent (25 of 48) from the floor en route to halting a three-game losing streak.

Robert Nyakundi scored 14 points and Jeremiah Samarrippas had 12 points and three steals for the Mustangs (9-7, 1-1).

Kazemi lost the Division I rebounding lead after being held to just four against Marshall on Saturday. He was back in form against SMU after entering the game third in the nation at 11.9 rebounds a game.

A 3-pointer by Ibrahim sparked an 11-1 Rice run over a 2:56 stretch of the second half. The Owls made six free throws during the surge, which gave them a 47-31 lead with 12:16 remaining, and the Mustangs got no closer than eight points afterward.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
SMU
Points 68 52
FG Made-Attempted 25-48 (.521) 19-49 (.388)
3P Made-Attempted 4-15 (.267) 7-26 (.269)
FT Made-Attempted 14-18 (.778) 7-14 (.500)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
Largest Lead 16 0

2011-12 Season

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