Rice 63, SMU 60

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DALLAS (AP)—Morris Almond scored 29 points, including a key 3-pointer with about a minute remaining, to help lead Rice to a 63-60 victory over SMU on Saturday night.

Almond made the go-ahead basket with 1:14 remaining after SMU’s Jon Killen tied the game at 60 on a free throw. The Mustangs had a chance to tie the game after Almond’s 3-pointer, but Brian Epps missed a 3-pointer with one second remaining.

Lorenzo Williams added 14 points for the Owls (13-10, 7-3 Conference USA). Paulius Packevicius led the team with seven rebounds.

Rice trailed 34-28 at the break but closed the gap in the second half, hitting 57 percent from the floor.

Ike Ofoegbu scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Mustangs (13-11, 2-8). Epps and Dez Willingham each scored nine points.

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 Top Performers
 Rice
M. Almond M. Almond
8-18,  29 Pts
4 Rebs, 0 Assists
 SMU
I. Ofoegbu I. Ofoegbu
6-10,  16 Pts
12 Rebs, 2 Assists

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