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
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