RICE
8-3
73
TF 12
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Sat Dec. 17
7:00pm
BONUS
83
TF 11
ML: +535
PITT -10.5, O/U 157.0
ML: -700
RICE
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Artis nets 31 points as Pittsburgh beats Rice, 83-73

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis scored a season-high 31 points as Pittsburgh survived 18 turnovers to hold off Rice, 83-73, Saturday night.

Artis hit 10 of 14 from the floor and also contributed 7 of 9 from the free-throw line for his best performance since scoring 32 against Bryant in 2015. Bench forward Ryan Luther also had a big game for Pitt (9-2), scoring 20 points to set a career high and leading the team with seven rebounds.

''I just tried to come out aggressive,'' Luther said. ''Obviously, every night, people are going to be drawn to Jamel and (Michael Young). My teammates did a good job finding me.''

Rice (8-3) got big production from the backcourt, as Marcus Jackson scored 20 and Marcus Evans had 19. The Owls shot 38.5 percent from 3-point range but just 42.9 percent overall and were outscored in the paint, 28-26.

The big reason the Owls were able to keep the game close was an aggressive defense that got eight steals from five different players and also drew several offensive fouls.

BIG PICTURE

Pitt: With the Panthers having allowed big nights from opposing forwards in two straight games and Rice's Egor Koulechov coming in averaging 19.4 points per game, the Russian seemed primed to have a big night. But Pitt was able to contain him for 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Artis said Pitt was focused on defending Koulechov, especially at the 3-point line, where he went 1 for 4.

Rice: The Owls have played just two major-conference opponents this season, and both were close games down the stretch. They lost, 85-84 to Texas Tech earlier this month. These two games show the potential of the young Owls, who feature just one senior and three juniors. Head coach Mike Rhoads was pleased that his team didn't back down on the road.

''I'm going to recruit guys with edges that think they can come to Pitt and win the game,'' Rhoads said. ''With 2:30 left, we still felt we were going to win the game. That's never going to change.''

TURNING POINT

The Owls used five consecutive Pitt turnovers to go on a 9-0 run and tie the game at 50-50 with 11:48 to play, but it was Artis who came through for Pitt with a big 3-pointer to break the run, then added a layup on the following possession to re-build a five point lead for the Panthers.

STAR WATCH

Rice was able to contain Young, who has led Pitt in scoring in nine of the team's 10 games coming in, but finished with just 12 points.

''They were all packed in,'' head coach Kevin Stallings said. ''It was like four guys were in the lane, one guy was sort of near the ball and whenever Mike got it, it was just a crowd.''

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Rice shot 56.5 percent from the free-throw line with Evans, who is a 78.6 career free-throw shooter, going 8 of 14.

UP NEXT

Pitt: Continues a season-long five-game home stand with a visit from Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday. The Panthers have won seven straight home games dating back to last season.

Rice: Returns home to face Northwestern (La.) State on Monday. The Owls are 4-1 at home this season.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Jamel Artis 6.0
  Robert Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot 8.0
+ 1 Jamel Artis made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
+ 1 Jamel Artis made 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Chad Lott 18.0
  Personal foul on Chad Lott 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Ryan Luther 25.0
  Marcus Evans missed 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
  Marcus Evans missed 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
  Marcus Evans missed 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Shooting foul on Ryan Luther 25.0
Team Stats
Points 73 83
Field Goals 26-57 (45.6%) 29-45 (64.4%)
3-Pointers 8-26 (30.8%) 9-18 (50.0%)
Free Throws 13-23 (56.5%) 16-19 (84.2%)
Total Rebounds 22 32
Offensive 9 4
Defensive 13 27
Team 0 1
Assists 15 18
Steals 8 3
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 7 18
Fouls 18 21
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
31 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Rice 8-3 373673
home team logo Pittsburgh 9-2 414283
Team Stats
away team logo Rice 8-3 74.1 PPG 41 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo Pittsburgh 9-2 72.3 PPG 40.6 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
00
M. Jackson G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
J. Artis G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Jackson G 20 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
J. Artis G 31 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
45.6 FG% 64.4
30.8 3PT FG% 50.0
56.5 FT% 84.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Jackson 20 5 3 8/14 3/8 1/1 0 32 2 0 0 2 3
M. Evans 19 1 4 5/12 1/5 8/14 2 36 2 0 2 0 1
E. Koulechov 13 4 4 6/13 1/4 0/0 3 32 0 0 2 0 4
C. Cashaw 5 0 2 2/8 1/5 0/0 0 26 1 0 1 0 0
C. Douglas 2 4 1 1/1 0/0 0/1 4 14 1 1 1 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Jackson 20 5 3 8/14 3/8 1/1 0 32 2 0 0 2 3
M. Evans 19 1 4 5/12 1/5 8/14 2 36 2 0 2 0 1
E. Koulechov 13 4 4 6/13 1/4 0/0 3 32 0 0 2 0 4
C. Cashaw 5 0 2 2/8 1/5 0/0 0 26 1 0 1 0 0
C. Douglas 2 4 1 1/1 0/0 0/1 4 14 1 1 1 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Letcher-Ellis 7 3 0 2/2 1/1 2/2 4 17 1 1 1 1 2
C. Lott 4 2 1 1/2 0/0 2/4 2 22 1 0 0 2 0
R. Martin 3 2 0 1/3 1/2 0/1 2 11 0 0 0 2 0
A. Drone 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
A. Adams 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
A. Meyer 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
B. Mency - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Owen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Youngkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 22 15 26/57 8/26 13/23 18 200 8 2 7 9 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Artis 31 5 3 10/14 4/7 7/9 3 39 1 0 2 0 5
M. Young 12 4 4 4/8 0/1 4/4 3 25 1 1 5 1 3
C. Johnson 10 5 3 4/8 2/5 0/0 3 38 0 0 1 0 5
C. Jones 3 3 1 0/0 0/0 3/4 4 24 0 1 5 0 3
S. Jeter 2 5 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 23 1 2 0 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Artis 31 5 3 10/14 4/7 7/9 3 39 1 0 2 0 5
M. Young 12 4 4 4/8 0/1 4/4 3 25 1 1 5 1 3
C. Johnson 10 5 3 4/8 2/5 0/0 3 38 0 0 1 0 5
C. Jones 3 3 1 0/0 0/0 3/4 4 24 0 1 5 0 3
S. Jeter 2 5 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 23 1 2 0 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Luther 20 7 4 8/8 2/2 2/2 4 31 0 0 3 1 6
J. Milligan 3 0 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
J. Kithcart 2 2 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 12 0 0 2 0 2
D. Wilson 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Nix - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Seelye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Manigault - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 31 18 29/45 9/18 16/19 21 200 3 4 18 4 27