HOUSTON (AP) — Deon Lyle knocked down eight 3-pointers and put up a season-high 33 points as UTSA crushed Rice, 79-60 on Saturday to close out the Conference USA regular season and prepare for the conference tournament.
With a fifth-place finish, the Roadrunners face the No. 12 seed, Texas-El Paso, in a first-round game Wednesday in Frisco, Texas. Rice (7-24, 4-14) will miss the conference tournament.
UTSA (18-13, 11-7) rolled to an 18-point lead by intermission and cruised to the win.
Rice tops UTEP 76-70 behind Hunter’s 24
HOUSTON (AP) — Najja Hunter scored 24 points, Ako Adams added 15, and Rice beat UTEP 76-70 on Thursday night to keep its hopes alive for a Conference USA Tournament berth.
Connor Cashaw grabbed 12 rebounds for the Owls (7-23, 4-14), who entered two games back of 12th-ranked UTEP (10-18, 5-11) and face fifth-ranked UTSA (17-13, 10-7) on Saturday.
Adams’ buzzer-beating trey gives Rice 79-76 OT win over FAU
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Ako Adams hit a 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer to give Rice a 79-76 victory over Florida Atlantic in a Conference USA battle Thursday night.
The victory is revenge for the Owls, who saw Justin Massey hit a buzzer-beater in Houston for a 63-62 FAU win earlier this season. The win is Rice's third straight in Boca Raton and snaps a six-game losing string.
Gerdarius Troutman drilled a 3 with :03 left to get Florida Atlantic even at 66-66 and force overtime.
Southern Miss beats Rice 86-75 behind Magee’s 22
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Dominic Magee scored 22 points, Cortez Edwards added 13 points with a career-high 10 assists and six steals, and Southern Miss beat Rice 86-75 on Thursday night to end a two-game skid and win its eighth straight at home.
LaDavius Draine scored 16 points off the bench and Tyree Griffin scored 14 points with six assists for the Golden Eagles (10-10, 3-4 Conference USA), who made 11 3-pointers and 15 of 16 free throws (93.8 percent).
Jackson’s 20 sparks UTSA past Rice, 79-66 in C-USA opener
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jhivvan Jackson had his second straight 20-point scoring game to spark Texas-San Antonio to a 79-66 win over Rice in the Conference USA opener on Thursday night.
The reigning C-USA Freshman of the Week was 6 of 10 from the field, tying a season high by knocking down five 3-pointers. He has now reached the 20-point plateau five times in 14 career games.