HOUSTON -- Malik Osborne scored 16 points and Rice snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Florida International for the third straight time, 73-64 on Thursday night.
Austin Meyer's layup with a second left gave the Owls a 32-28 lead at intermission and Osborne converted a three-point play and hit back-to-back 3s to give Rice a 43-35 lead less than four minutes into the second half.
Brian Beard Jr. gave the Panthers a 47-46 lead with 12:05 left and Trejon Jacob turned in a four-point play midway through the second half to make it 53-49. Osborne hit a 3 with 7:51 to put Rice in front for good, 58-55.
Beard and Jacob each scored 22 points to lead Florida International (9-12, 3-5).
Roby one-hand jams it to put Nebraska in front
James Palmer Jr. bounces the ball to Isaiah Roby who finds a lane and slams it to put Nebraska ahead 31-30.
Collins lifts South Florida over Stony Brook 82-79 in OT
David Collins had a career-high 31 points as South Florida edged past Stony Brook 82-79 in overtime in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night.
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Derrik Jamerson Jr. had 25 points and made two free throws with 17 seconds left in overtime as Norfolk State narrowly defeated Alabama 80-79 in the NIT first round on Wednesday night.