Dia’s double-doubles pushes SMU past Rice 61-58

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HOUSTON (AP)—Papa Dia scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead SMU to a 61-58 win Saturday over Rice, which ended the regular season without a victory in Conference USA.

Bamba Fall added 14 points off the bench for SMU (10-19, 4-12). Dia’s double-double was the freshman’s third of the season.

Lawrence Ghoram scored 17 points to lead Rice (3-26, 0-16), which has lost 19 in a row heading into next week’s conference tournament. Patrick Britton added 16 points for the Owls.

Aleks Perka, who finished with nine points, tried tying the game on Rice’s final possession but missed two 3-pointers.

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 Top Performers
 SMU
Papa Dia Papa Dia
6-12,  20 Pts
11 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Rice
Lawrence Ghoram Lawrence Ghoram
7-11,  17 Pts
7 Rebs, 0 Assists

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