HOUSTON -- Maurice McNeil had 23 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots to lead Houston past Rice 83-66 Wednesday night as the cross-town rivals opened Conference USA play.
Coleman scored eight of Houston's first 13 points. The Cougars' biggest lead of the first half was 31-24.
Rice trimmed a four-point halftime deficit to 38-37 just after the break, but Houston went on a 28-10 run for a 66-47 lead with 9:03 left and coasted from there.
The Cougars outshot the Owls 50.0 percent (31 of 62) to 40.0 percent (22 of 55).