Rice fell behind 13-0 to start but finished the game on a 16-7 run to knock off the Houston Cougars 79-71 Wednesday night. The Owls rallied and took their first lead 26-25 on a Jarelle Reischel three-pointer with just over three minutes remaining in the first half. Things would remain close from there until Rice used a 9-0 run to take a 72-64 lead with just 2:35 remaining.
Houston was led by Jonathon Simmons who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Alandise Harris and Joseph Young each finished with 13 points. The loss drops Houston to 11-12 overall and 3-7 in conference play.