N. Iowa 64, Rice 60

Deon Mitchell scored 16 points, Anthony James added 14, and

Northern Iowa held on to beat Rice 64-60 Friday in a South Padre

Island Invitational game.

Jake Koch had 10 points for the Panthers (4-1), who were up

55-45 with 3:26 to play. Arsalan Kazemi, who led the Owls (4-1)

with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Tamir Jackson, who scored 15,

powered a 12-6 run that got Rice within four, 61-57, with 10

seconds left.

After a Koch free throw, the Owls’ Connor Frizzelle, who scored

10 for the game, hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left to make it

62-60. Two free throws by James sealed the victory, Northern Iowa’s

third straight.

Kazemi’s double-double was his fourth in five games. He came in

averaging 11.8 points and 12 rebounds per contest.

Despite Kazemi’s efforts, UNI outrebounded Rice 35-31 and

outscored the Owls 13-5 on second-chance points.