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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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Scoreboard
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
Western Ky.7-014-566
La. Tech6-115-5106
UAB6-110-10176
Middle Tenn.5-212-8128
Old Dominion4-315-442
UTEP4-312-7104
UT-San Antonio3-49-9249
Rice3-46-12297
FIU2-39-9211
Charlotte2-58-11150
North Texas2-58-11271
FAU1-48-8238
So. Miss1-66-12295
Marshall1-65-15314

American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Tulsa7-014-547
SMU7-116-418
Cincinnati5-214-527
Connecticut4-211-780
Memphis5-312-774
Temple4-313-756
Tulane4-413-7167
UCF2-69-10212
E. Carolina1-58-11267
So. Florida1-67-13221
Houston0-87-12255
 
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SHU 63 Final
SYR 75
WYO 46 Final
NMEX 59
RUT 61 Final
ND 69