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Houston advances with 72-67 win over Rice
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP)—TaShawn Thomas scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and Houston moved on to the second round of the Conference USA tournament with a 72-67 win over Rice on Wednesday.

Danuel House had 14 points and eight rebounds, Joseph Young had 10 points and the sixth-seeded Cougars shot 51.9 percent from the field to win their fourth straight contest.

Houston (19-11) led 17-14 midway through the first half before using a 19-4 run capped off by a Thomas jumper to make it 36-18 with 2:34 remaining before halftime.

Tamir Jackson had 30 points and nine rebounds for Rice (5-26), which battled back in the second half to take a 54-51 lead off an Austin Ramljak 3-pointer with 10:30 to go.

With his team down by two and 2:33 to play, House converted a three-point play to give Houston a 68-67 lead and the Cougars never trailed again.

Houston will play third-seeded UTEP in quarterfinals of the C-USA tourney Thursday.

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 Top Performers
 Rice
Tamir Jackson Tamir Jackson
12-28,  30 Pts
9 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Houston
TaShawn Thomas TaShawn Thomas
8-13,  16 Pts
10 Rebs, 2 Assists

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