HOUSTON (AP) -- Morris Almond scored 24 points and had 11
rebounds to help lead Rice to a 71-62 victory over Houston on
Almond hit 9-of-16 from the field and all five of his free
throws. He also had two blocked shots.Patrick Britton added 17 points and Lorenzo Williams had 14 for
the Owls (7-7, 1-0 Conference USA).Rice shot 53 percent from the field to 30 percent for Houston
(9-4, 0-1).Lanny Smith led Houston with 21 points, including five
3-pointers. Lamar Roberson added 12 points and Corey Bloom and
Ramon Dyer each scored 11 points.Rice led 34-31 at the half.