Scores

Final

SMU 47

(14-14, 9-9 WAC)

Rice 63

(19-10, 12-6 WAC)

    5:30 PM ET, March 10, 2005

    Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada

    1 2 T
    SMU 18 2947
    RICE 32 3163

    Top Performers

    Southern Methodist: P. Simpson 15 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Blk

    Rice: M. Harris 24 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Harris leads Owls with 25 points

    RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Michael Harris scored 25 points to lead Rice over SMU 63-47 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

    J.R. Harrison added 11 points for the third-seeded Owls (19-10), who advanced to play second-seeded UTEP in Friday's semifinals. The Miners beat Hawaii 80-62 earlier Thursday.

    Patrick Simpson had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Bryan Hopkins added 14 points for SMU (14-14).

    The Owls held the Mustangs to 31.7 percent shooting for the game, holding SMU without a field goal for the first 8:34 of the second half. That allowed Rice to extend a 32-18 halftime lead to 46-23.

    Harris, a first-team All-WAC performer, had three consecutive dunks to put the Owls up 52-27 with 8:04 to play. Rice's biggest lead came at 54-28 with 7:11 left.

    Rice shot 51 percent from the field, including 57.1 percent in the second half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SMU
    RICE
    Points 47 63
    FG Made-Attempted 13-41 (.317) 26-51 (.510)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-11 (.273) 3-11 (.273)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-24 (.750) 8-9 (.889)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 26

    2004-05 Season

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