Jan. 17, 2007
HOUSTON (AP) -Morris Almond scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half as Rice overcame a 24-point Houston lead in the final 15 minutes for a 76-71 win Wednesday night.
The Cougars (6-9, 1-2 Conference USA) led 55-31 after Dion Dowell's 3-pointer with exactly 15 minutes remaining. Rice then went on a 37-12 run over the next 12:36 to take a 68-67 lead on Chris Hagan's steal and layup off an inbounds pass with 2:24 left.
Robert McKiver hit two free throws to give Houston a 69-68 lead. But the Owls (9-7, 3-0) responded with six straight points for the victory as Almond made two free throws with 1:06 left for a 70-69 Rice lead and Lorenzo Williams hit a 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining for a 73-69 Owl lead.
Almond then made three of four free throws in the final 19 seconds. He hit 18 of 20 free throws for the game.
The Cougars used runs of 11-0 and 14-0 in the first half, helping them open a 42-24 lead at halftime.
Houston made 8 of 18 3-point attempts in the first half with McKiver connecting on four of nine attempts.
Paulius Packevicius and Greg Killings each added 11 points for the Owls.