Rice advances with 82-54 win over North Texas
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Marcus Jackson sank four 3-pointers and finished with 28 points to lead ninth-seeded Rice to an 82-54 win over No. 8 seed North Texas in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament Wednesday night.
Seth Gearhart, Max Guercy and Van Green added 10 points apiece for Rice (12-19), which controlled the boards 46-33 and held North Texas to just 28.8 percent shooting. Jackson hit 10 of 14 from the field and sank all four of his free throws.
Leading by nine at the break, the Owls opened the second half with a 9-0 burst capped by Green's 3-pointer to make it 47-30 and held a double-digit advantage the rest of the way. The win avenged an opening round overtime loss to North Texas in last year's tournament.MORE
Mean Green Headlines
- Rice advances with 82-54 win over North Texas
- Sherman leads Texas-San Antonio to win over North Texas
- UTEP beats N. Texas 83-60; pulls into 4-way tie for second
- Old Dominion overtakes North Texas in 70-57 win
- North Texas cruises to 81-65 win over Charlotte
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