Rice 79, Houston 71

Jarelle Reischel scored 16 points and Tamir Jackson and Connor

Frizzelle added 13 each to lead Rice to a 79-71 victory against

Houston on Wednesday night.

Dylan Ennis had 10 points for the Owls (14-11, 5-5 Conference

USA), who outscored Houston 16-7 over the final 5:23.

Jonathon Simmons had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars

(11-12, 3-7), and Joseph Young and Alandise Harris scored 13 points

apiece.

Omar Oraby scored seven points during a 9-0 Rice run that gave

it a 72-64 lead with 2:35 remaining. Houston got no closer.

The Owls started the game in a hole, as the Cougars scored the

first 13 points. Rice fought back to take a 26-25 lead on

Reischel’s 3-pointer with 3:07 left in the first half, and the

teams stayed close until the final minutes.

Arsalan Kazemi, Rice’s leading scorer and one of the top

rebounders (11.0 a game) in the country, was limited to seven

points and six boards.