HOUSTON -- Tamir Jackson scored 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting, Julian DeBose added 20 points and hot-shooting Rice cruised to a 95-71 nonconference victory over New Orleans on Saturday night.
DeBose added eight rebounds and four steals for the Owls (4-13), who shot 61 percent from the field and were 12 of 24 from 3-point range. Max Guercy had 18 points, six assists and five steals. Rice outscored New Orleans 44-24 in the paint.Lovell Cook had 18 points and Rarlensee Nelson chipped in 10 for the Privateers (4-12), who fell to 0-8 on the road this season. New Orleans committed 19 turnovers.Rice never trailed after the opening minutes and led 44-27 at halftime. The Owls kept pouring it on from there, going 20 of 31 from the field in the second half.The game was only the second meeting between the schools; Rice won the other meeting, 83-49, last season.