Scores

Final

Houston 83

(8-6, 1-0 C-USA)

Rice 66

(6-8, 0-1 C-USA)

    9:00 PM ET, January 6, 2010

    Tudor Fieldhouse, Houston, Texas

    1 2 T
    HOU 38 4583
    RICE 34 3266

    Top Performers

    Houston: M. McNeil 23 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 6 Blk

    Rice: T. Jackson 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast

    Houston 83, Rice 66

    Associated Press

    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.

    Aubrey Coleman scored 22 points for the Cougars (8-6, 1-0), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Kelvin Lewis scored 18 points, and Desmond Wade added 11 points and 10 assists.

    The Owls (6-8, 0-1) got 19 points from Tamir Jackson, 15 from Lawrence Ghoram and 10 from Trey Stanton. Arsalan Kazemi grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

    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).

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    HOU
    RICE
    Points 83 66
    FG Made-Attempted 31-62 (.500) 22-55 (.400)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-26 (.308) 7-13 (.538)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-20 (.650) 15-21 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 23 1

    2009-10 Season

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