Rice 68 at UTEP 61

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Rice holds off UTEP 68-61
Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012

EL PASO, Texas (AP)—Arsalan Kazemi had 12 points and 11 rebounds, leading four Rice scorers in double figures, and the Owls outlasted UTEP 68-61 Wednesday night.

Connor Frizzelle matched Kazemi with 12 points for Rice (17-13, 8-7 Conference USA). After UTEP coach Tim Floyd was ejected following two technical fouls, Frizzelle made four free throws with 4:33 left to extend the Owls’ five-point lead to 54-45. Rice scored off the possession to take an 11-point lead.

UTEP got as close as 58-56 after John Bohannon’s basket with 1:05 to play, but Rice scored the next six points to stay in control.

Jarelle Reischel and Ahmad Ibrahim each scored 10 points for Rice.

Gabriel McCulley led the Miners (14-15, 7-8) with 17 points. Bohannon had 13 points and nine rebounds and Julian Washburn finished with 12 points for UTEP.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Rice
Arsalan Kazemi Arsalan Kazemi
3-6,  12 Pts
11 Rebs, 3 Assists
 UTEP
Gabriel McCulley Gabriel McCulley
6-6,  17 Pts
7 Rebs, 2 Assists

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