Houston
Rice
83 - 66 Final
  for this game

McNeil's double-double lifts Houston by Rice 83-66

Jan 7, 2010 - 4:41 AM HOUSTON(AP) -- Maurice McNeil had 23 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots to lead Houston past Rice 83-66 Wednesday night as the cross-town rivals opened Conference USA play.

Aubrey Coleman scored 22 points for the Cougars (8-6, 1-0), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Kelvin Lewis scored 18 points, and Desmond Wade added 11 points and 10 assists.

The Owls (6-8, 0-1) got 19 points from Tamir Jackson, 15 from Lawrence Ghoram and 10 from Trey Stanton. Arsalan Kazemi grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

Coleman scored eight of Houston's first 13 points. The Cougars' biggest lead of the first half was 31-24.

Rice trimmed a four-point halftime deficit to 38-37 just after the break, but Houston went on a 28-10 run for a 66-47 lead with 9:03 left and coasted from there.

The Cougars outshot the Owls 50.0 percent (31 of 62) to 40.0 percent (22 of 55).








  • NCAA BB
    HOUSTON 83
    RICE 66 FINAL

    Jan 6 11:00 PM


  • NCAA BB
    HOUSTON 39
    RICE 34 HALFTIME

    Jan 6 9:53 PM