NCAA Basketball

Rice Owls (23-12)


Sat. 3/4 Wed. 3/8 Thu. 3/9 Wed. 3/15 Mon. 3/20
@ WestKy 
L 72-79
Box | Recap
vs. SouMis 
W 86-75
Box | Recap
@ UTEP 
L 76-86
Box | Recap
vs. SanFr 
W 85-76
Box
vs. UVU 
L 79-85
Box

UTEP uses first-half run to knock off Rice in C-USA tourney

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Dominic Artis scored 20 of his season-high 26 points, and UTEP scored 20 of the last 25, in the first half before holding off Rice for an 86-76 win in the Conference USA Tournament on Thursday.

Artis also had 10 rebounds and six assists and Omega Harris added 21 points for fourth-seeded UTEP (15-16), which will face No. 1 seed Middle Tennessee in the semifinals Friday.

Matt Willms scored six points and Artis hit a 3 during a 9-0 run to open the game and the Miners never trailed. Egor Koulechov hit two free throws to pull Rice (22-11) within five with 6:25 left in the half, but the Owls missed nine of their last 10 first-half shots as UTEP took a 49-29 lead into the break.

 MORE
Leaders
Points: M. Evans19.0
Rebounds: E. Koulechov8.9
Assists: M. Evans3.7
FG%: E. Koulechov47.3%
FT%: E. Koulechov81.9%
3P%: E. Koulechov47.4%
Steals: M. Evans1.1
Blocks: M. Letcher-Ellis1.0
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga36-1
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 North Carolina31-7
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-5
10 Louisville25-9
View Complete Poll
Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga36-1
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 UCLA31-5
7 Duke28-9
8 North Carolina31-7
9 Oregon33-5
10 Louisville25-9
View Complete Poll
Conference USA Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Middle Tennessee 17-1 31-5
Louisiana Tech 14-4 23-10
Old Dominion 12-6 19-12
UTEP 12-6 15-17
Rice 11-7 23-12
Marshall 10-8 20-15
UAB 9-9 17-16
Western Kentucky 9-9 15-17
UTSA 8-10 14-19
Charlotte 7-11 13-17
Florida Atlantic 6-12 10-20
Southern Miss 6-12 9-22
FIU 3-15 7-24
North Texas 2-16 8-22
View Full Standings
Offense (Rank)
Points: 81.5 (22)
Rebounds: 10.1 (207)
Assists: 13.8 (155)
FG%: 46.2% (76)
FT%: 74.0% (61)
3P%: 38.8% (32)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 75.7 (262)
Rebounds: 28.0 (18)
Assists: 13.1 (166)
FG%: 43.9% (182)
FT%: 70.7% (204)
3P%: 33.0% (76)
Sports Data Powered by STATS © 2017 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.