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Houston 72, Rice 67

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - TaShawn Thomas scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and Houston moved on to the second round of the Conference USA tournament with a 72-67 win over Rice on Wednesday.

Danuel House had 14 points and eight rebounds, Joseph Young had 10 points and the sixth-seeded Cougars shot 51.9 percent from the field to win their fourth straight contest.

Houston (19-11) led 17-14 midway through the first half before using a 19-4 run capped off by a Thomas jumper to make it 36-18 with 2:34 remaining before halftime.

Tamir Jackson had 30 points and nine rebounds for Rice (5-26), which battled back in the second half to take a 54-51 lead off an Austin Ramljak 3-pointer with 10:30 to go.

With his team down by two and 2:33 to play, House converted a three-point play to give Houston a 68-67 lead and the Cougars never trailed again.

Houston will play third-seeded UTEP in quarterfinals of the C-USA tourney Thursday.

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Rice (5-26)254267
Houston (19-11) «363672
RICE:T. Jackson 30 Pts
RICE:T. Jackson 9 Reb
RICE:K. Washington 4 Ast
HOU:T. Thomas 16 Pts
HOU:T. Thomas 10 Reb
HOU:T. Womack 6 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
RiceHouston
RICE
Tamir Jackson
HOU
TaShawn Thomas
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
309316102
Rice Owls
J. DeBose, G395-132-241213
A. Ramljak, G363-92-242411
T. Jackson, G3412-283-393330
R. Wilson, F262-50-16034
M. Guercy, G231-80-04232
K. Washington, G242-41-23405
B. Firozgary, F91-20-02032
E. Franshaw, F50-10-01020
D. Peera, G40-00-00000
S. Gearhart, FDid Not Play
N. Kapic, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 26-708-1033122067
 37.1%80.0% 
Houston Cougars
D. House, F355-112-381114
T. Thomas, F348-130-0102116
T. Womack, G342-52-24626
J. Young, G294-102-443210
M. McLean, F181-21-23033
J. Stiggers, G184-81-111111
L. Gibson, F163-32-26018
B. Morris, G61-20-00033
J. Richardson, F50-01-22101
L. Barnes, G50-00-01000
D. Brooks, GDid Not Play
J. Thompson, GDid Not Play
J. Jones, GDid Not Play
V. Izundu, CDid Not Play
L. Paye, GDid Not Play
Totals 28-5411-1639141472
 51.9%68.8% 
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
La. Tech13-322-757
UTEP11-419-860
UAB11-415-13164
Old Dominion10-521-648
Western Ky.10-517-10120
Middle Tenn.8-715-13171
North Texas8-714-13209
UT-San Antonio7-813-13229
Rice7-810-17267
FIU6-913-15237
Marshall6-910-18291
Charlotte5-1012-16203
So. Miss3-138-19305
FAU1-148-18299

American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
SMU14-223-517
Tulsa13-220-734
Temple11-520-932
Cincinnati10-519-952
Memphis9-617-1184
UConn9-616-1176
Tulane5-1014-13184
E. Carolina5-1012-16244
UCF5-1112-15213
So. Florida2-138-20252
Houston1-149-18268
 
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