Houston vs Rice

Houston 76, Rice 75

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HOUSTON (AP) - Darian Thibodeaux scored 21 points, including a pair of free throws with 2 seconds remaining that gave Houston 76-75 victory over Rice on Saturday night.

Thibodeaux went to the free-throw line after Rice was issued a technical for calling a timeout it did not have with 2.7 seconds left.

Houston (15-14, 7-9 Conference USA) enters the conference tournament as the ninth seed and will face eighth-seeded UTEP on Wednesday. Rice (17-14, 8-8), seeded seventh, will face 10th-seeded East Carolina.

Houston surrendered a 13-point second-half lead to trail 74-73 with 16 seconds remaining on a layup by Arsalan Kazemi. Both teams traded a free throw before Thibodeaux's heroics.

Alandise Harris added 16 points for Houston and Jonathon Simmons had 12.

Kazemi led Rice with 19 points. Lucas Kuipers added 12 and Omar Oraby had 11.

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Scoreboard
Houston (15-14) «393776
Rice (17-14)344175

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Houston Cougars
A. Harris, F376-154-671316
T. Thomas, F222-63-47257
J. Young, G373-80-15218
J. Simmons, G334-113-648412
D. Thibodeaux, G326-94-454121
L. Gibson183-50-05036
J. Jones91-10-00113
J. Thompson91-50-01023
K. Van Slyke30-10-02000
Totals 26-6114-2139182076
 42.6%66.7% 
Rice Owls
A. Kazemi, F287-115-663419
L. Kuipers, F244-62-211312
E. Herndon, F72-50-02004
C. Frizzelle, G170-40-00200
N. Schwarze, G70-00-00100
T. Jackson293-50-13306
O. Oraby254-83-4111311
D. Ennis231-41-34703
A. Ibrahim163-52-30119
J. Reischel131-12-21124
J. DeBose113-50-02027
Totals 28-5415-2130201575
 51.9%71.4% 
American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
SMU17-130-513
Cincinnati16-230-612
Houston12-621-1154
UCF11-724-1269
Memphis9-919-13121
UConn9-916-17119
Tulsa8-1015-17132
Temple7-1116-16135
E. Carolina6-1215-18214
Tulane3-156-25298
So. Florida1-177-23316

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
UTEP12-615-17222
Rice11-723-12168
Marshall10-820-15112
UAB9-917-16198
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
Charlotte7-1113-17243
FAU6-1210-20282
So. Miss6-129-22331
FIU3-157-24337
North Texas2-168-22339
 
Other games
GTOWN 69 Final
MU 83
TNST 52 Final
MRST 54
Illinois St 65 Final
Wich St 64
Temple 80 Final
FORD 60
Louisville 49 Final
Syracuse 58
Missouri 81 Final
TXTCH 59
EVAN 71 Final
CREI 99
NC 88 Final
DUKE 70
Baylor 72 Final
Iowa St 80
SDSU 98 Final
TCU 92
Texas 63 Final
Kansas 73
Wyoming 63 Final
UNLV 74