Rice vs Texas

Texas defeats Rice 66-44

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jonathan Holmes scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half as Texas cruised to a 66-44 victory over Rice on Monday.

The Longhorns (11-2), who did not win their 11th game last year until mid-February, wrapped up nonconference play with their ninth straight win over the Owls (5-7), who never held a lead in the game.

Holmes scored the first five points of the contest before a Keith Washington 3-pointer tied the game at 8. That was the closest Rice ever got as Texas scored the next five points of the game before going on a 13-2 run to put the game away before halftime.

The Longhorns outrebounded the Owls 22-11 on their way to taking a 37-19 lead into the second half and never looked back.

Despite getting only nine points between guards Isaiah Taylor, Javan Felix and Demarcus Holland - who came into the game averaging a combined 34.5 points per game - Texas dominated near the basket, outscoring Rice 18-6 in the paint and not allowing any fast-break points.

Cam Ridley scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half while Connor Lammert finished with 10 points and six rebounds for the Longhorns. Ridley, who has missed more free throws than he's made during his Texas career, went 6 of 7 from the free-throw line after going 7 of 10 from the line in his last game against Michigan State.

Rice's Sean Obi recorded his third double-double in the last four games with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Rice was held to 29.1 percent shooting from the floor - the worst mark by a Texas opponent this year - and 20.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Texas held Rice scoreless for a 6-minute stretch late in the second half before a jumper by the Owls' Bahrom Firozgary capped the contest's scoring with 27 seconds remaining. The Longhorns, who missed out on the NCAA tournament for the first time in 14 years under Rick Barnes last year, take an 11-2 mark into their Big 12 opener against Oklahoma on Saturday.

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Scoreboard
Rice (5-7)192544
Texas (11-2) «372966

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