Florida International vs Rice

Murphy's strong 2nd half leads FIU over Rice 71-60


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HOUSTON (AP) Tymell Murphy had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Florida International defeated Rice 71-60 in the Conference USA opener for both teams on Thursday night.

Murphy scored his first basket just before halftime to put FIU ahead 33-32 at the break. With the score tied at 46-46 and just over 10 minutes to play, Murphy accounted for 20 of FIU's next 21 points. He capped his scoring tear on a jumper that put the Panthers up 67-60 with 1:10 to play.

During the closing stretch, Murphy shot 8 of 9 from the field, converted two three-point plays, grabbed five rebounds and had one block.

Dennis Mavin added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers (9-7).

Austin Ramljak led Rice (5-9) with 14 points. The Owls kept pace with Murphy's one-man show as late as Max Guercy's 3-pointer which put them ahead 56-55 with 6:43 left.

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Florida International (9-7) «333871
Rice (5-9)322860

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Middle Tenn.17-131-535
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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
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