HOUSTON -- Tamir Jackson overcame a scoreless first half to pour in 22 points as Rice held off Chicago State for a 63-60 overtime victory on Wednesday night.
Austin Ramljak had 10 points and Seth Gearhart made two free throws with seven seconds left in OT for the winning margin for the Owls (3-7). Quinton Pippen had a shot to tie for the Cougars (3-10), but his 3-pointer with two seconds left missed.
Jackson went 0 for 4 from the field to fail to score in the opening half for the first time this season. He started the second half with a 3-pointer and finished 7 of 16 with three makes from behind the arc.
The Cougars dominated inside, outrebounding Rice 47-23 and owning a 32-14 scoring edge in the paint.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
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