Scores

Final

UTEP 73

(18-5, 8-3 WAC)

Rice 71

(11-8, 6-5 WAC)

    10:05 PM ET, February 5, 2005

    Tudor Fieldhouse, Houston, Texas

    1 2 T
    UTEP 40 3373
    RICE 32 3971

    Top Performers

    UTEP: O. Thomas 28 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Stl

    Rice: M. Almond 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    UTEP 73, Rice 71

    HOUSTON (AP) -- Omar Thomas scored 28 points as UTEP survived two last-second shots to beat Rice 73-71 on Saturday night.

    Rice almost recaptured the lead with two seconds left but Jason McKrieth's 3-point attempt rimmed out. Teammate J.R. Harrison grabbed the rebound but his jumper also missed.

    UTEP (18-5, 8-3 Western Athletic Conference) took the lead with 2:20 left on two Thomas free throws. Thomas shot 7-of-11 from the floor and was 14-of-14 from the foul line.

    John Tofi added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Miners.

    Rice (11-8, 6-5) was led by Morris Almond's 17 points. McKrieth scored 15 points for the Owls, who were handed just their second home loss in 12 games this season.

    The win kept the Miners one game behind first-place Nevada in the WAC standings.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTEP
    RICE
    Points 73 71
    FG Made-Attempted 23-54 (.426) 21-53 (.396)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-13 (.308) 6-20 (.300)
    FT Made-Attempted 23-26 (.885) 23-30 (.767)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 0

    2004-05 Season

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