Rice holds off UTEP 68-61
EL PASO, Texas (AP) Arsalan Kazemi had 12 points and 11 rebounds, leading four Rice scorers in double figures, and the Owls outlasted UTEP 68-61 Wednesday night.
Connor Frizzelle matched Kazemi with 12 points for Rice (17-13, 8-7 Conference USA). After UTEP coach Tim Floyd was ejected following two technical fouls, Frizzelle made four free throws with 4:33 left to extend the Owls' five-point lead to 54-45. Rice scored off the possession to take an 11-point lead.
UTEP got as close as 58-56 after John Bohannon's basket with 1:05 to play, but Rice scored the next six points to stay in control.
Updated February 29, 2012