Scores

Final

SMU 75

(13-8, 4-3 C-USA)

Rice 68

(10-11, 2-5 C-USA)

    3:00 PM ET, January 29, 2011

    Tudor Fieldhouse, Houston, Texas

    1 2 T
    SMU 35 4075
    RICE 29 3968

    Top Performers

    SMU: R. Nyakundi 29 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Rice: A. Kazemi 21 Pts, 16 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Robert Nyakundi's career-high 29 power SMU past Rice

    Associated Press

    HOUSTON -- Robert Nyakundi scored a career-high 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead SMU past Rice 75-68 Saturday.

    Papa Dia added 19 points and Mike Walker 13 for the Mustangs (13-8, 4-3 Conference USA), who won their third in a row.

    Arsalan Kazemi made 13 of 15 free throws, scoring 21 points, and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds to lead the Owls (10-11, 2-5). Connor Frizzelle scored 17 points and Tamir Jackson 12.

    SMU shot 56.3 percent (27 of 48) and 42.3 percent (11 of 26) from 3-point range but was outrebounded 32-21.

    Rice started well and led 15-6 after two free throws by Kazemi with 13:38 left in the first half.

    But Dia scored with 2:02 left in the half for a 29-27 SMU lead. Nyakundi and Collin Mangrum followed with 3-pointers to put the Mustangs up 35-27 with 1:01 to go, and Rice never led again.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SMU
    RICE
    Points 75 68
    FG Made-Attempted 27-48 (.563) 22-50 (.440)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-26 (.423) 6-15 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-14 (.714) 18-24 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 9

    2010-11 Season

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