SMU holds off Rice for 73-65 victoryJan 21, 2010 - 4:06 AM HOUSTON(AP) -- Derek Williams scored 22 points and Papa Dia had 21 points and nine rebounds as SMU held off Rice 73-65 Wednesday night for its first conference win.
Robert Nyakundi added 13 points for the Mustangs (7-10, 1-3 Conference USA).
Arsalan Kazemi and Lucas Kuipers each scored 15 points and Connor Frizzelle had 14 for the Owls (6-12, 0-5), who have lost six straight.
Two free throws by Kuipers pulled Rice to within 69-65 with 30 seconds remaining, but the Owls failed to score again, missing two 3-pointers. SMU then hit 4-of-6 free throws to secure the victory.
The game was tied 34-all after a first half which featured six lead changes and six ties. The Mustangs scored the first three points of the second half and never trailed again.
Neither team led by more than eight points.
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FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL
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SOUTHERN METHODIST 34 39 73
RICE 34 31 65 FINAL
HIGH SCORERS: SOUTHERN METHODIST - DEREK WILLIAMS 22, PAPA DIA 21, ROBERT
RICE - ARSALAN KAZEMI 15, LUCAS KUIPERS 15,
CONNOR FRIZZELLE 14
Jan 20 10:01 PM
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RICE 34 HALFTIME
Jan 20 8:46 PM
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