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).
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Pritchard lobs to Wooten for and-1 alley-oop
Payton Pritchard sends one towards the rim, and Kenny Wooten elevates to put it home through contact for the bucket and a foul.
No. 11 Texas Tech goes up big at half, beats NW State 79-44
Jarrett Culver scored 15 points, Tariq Owens had 14 points and eight rebounds and No. 11 Texas Tech ran out to a 43-point halftime lead in a 79-44 victory over Northwestern State on Wednesday night.