Defense shines as FAU tops Rice 60-41

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Xavian Stapleton had 14 points as Florida Atlantic beat Rice 60-41 on Saturday. Karlis Silins added 10 points for Florida Atlantic, who held Rice to 26.7 percent shooting, the lowest mark of the season for a Florida Atlantic opponent.

Rice put up 12 first-half points, a season low for the team.

Chris Mullins had 10 points for Rice (10-17, 5-9). Quentin Millora-Brown added seven rebounds.

Florida Atlantic (16-11, 7-7) and Rice next play in Conference USA’s inaugural bonus-play format with opponents to be determined later Saturday.