Second-half 3-pointers lift No. 20 Texas past Rice

BOX SCORE

By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cory Joseph made a layup with 37 seconds to play and No. 20 Texas survived an upset scare from Rice when the Owls missed a 3-pointer to tie it at the buzzer, holding on for a 62-59 victory Saturday.

Joseph had 14 points and Jordan Hamilton scored 13 for the Longhorns, who made nine 3-pointers in the second half but couldn’t put the game away from the free throw line in the final seconds.

Texas (5-1) made just three 2-point field goals in the second half.

Arsalan Kazemi scored 13 points for Rice (3-3).

Joseph’s layup put Texas ahead 60-57. Joseph, Tristan Thompson and Hamilton then missed four free throws down the stretch that would have sealed the win before Tamir Jackon’s 3-pointer at the horn bounced off the rim.

Updated November 27, 2010