Rice defeats Southern Miss 88-72

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HOUSTON (AP)—Connor Frizzelle scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, to help Rice shut down Southern Mississippi 88-72 Wednesday night.

Rodney Foster had 20 points including five off 3-pointers. Cory Pflieger scored 18 and Lawrence Ghoram added 12 for Rice (8-15, 3-6 Conference USA).

R.L. Horton led Southern Miss (13-10, 3-6) with 23. Jeremy Wise scored 19 and Craig Craft had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Courtney Beasley added 13 points.

Rice used a 15-2 run over a 6:34 stretch in the first half to take a a 27-14 lead. The Owls led 41-24 at the half.

Southern Miss could get no closer than nine points in the second half.

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