UTEP 96, Rice 67

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Omar Thomas scored 26 points to lead
Texas-El Paso to a 96-67 victory over Rice on Thursday night.

Thomas hit 11-of-14 from the field, including his only 3-point
attempt and 3-of-4 free throws. He also had four assists and two
steals. Miguel Ayala came off the bench to score 20 points, 18 of
those on 3-pointers for UTEP.

UTEP (12-2, 2-0 WAC) capitalized on 17 Rice turnovers, scoring
24 points.

Lorenzo Williams led Rice (7-4, 2-1) with 13 points and Jamaal
Moore added 12.

UTEP led 48-38 at the half.