Scores

Final

Rice 67

(5-26, 1-15 C-USA)

Houston 72

(19-11, 7-9 C-USA)

    7:00 PM ET, March 13, 2013

    Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

    1 2 T
    RICE 25 4267
    HOU 36 3672

    Top Performers

    Rice: T. Jackson 30 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Houston: T. Thomas 16 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Houston 72, Rice 67

    Associated Press

    TULSA, Okla. -- TaShawn Thomas scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and Houston moved on to the second round of the Conference USA tournament with a 72-67 win over Rice on Wednesday.

    Danuel House had 14 points and eight rebounds, Joseph Young had 10 points and the sixth-seeded Cougars shot 51.9 percent from the field to win their fourth straight contest.

    Houston (19-11) led 17-14 midway through the first half before using a 19-4 run capped off by a Thomas jumper to make it 36-18 with 2:34 remaining before halftime.

    Tamir Jackson had 30 points and nine rebounds for Rice (5-26), which battled back in the second half to take a 54-51 lead off an Austin Ramljak 3-pointer with 10:30 to go.

    With his team down by two and 2:33 to play, House converted a three-point play to give Houston a 68-67 lead and the Cougars never trailed again.

    Houston will play third-seeded UTEP in quarterfinals of the C-USA tourney Thursday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    RICE
    HOU
    Points 67 72
    FG Made-Attempted 26-70 (.371) 28-54 (.519)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-25 (.280) 5-14 (.357)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-10 (.800) 11-16 (.688)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 19

    2012-13 Season

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