Scores

Final

FIU 71

(9-7, 1-0 C-USA)

Rice 60

(5-9, 0-1 C-USA)

    8:00 PM ET, January 9, 2014

    Tudor Fieldhouse, Houston, Texas

    1 2 T
    FIU 33 3871
    RICE 32 2860

    Top Performers

    Florida International: T. Murphy 22 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    Rice: A. Drone 9 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Murphy's strong 2nd half leads FIU over Rice 71-60

    Associated Press

    HOUSTON -- Tymell Murphy had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Florida International defeated Rice 71-60 in the Conference USA opener for both teams on Thursday night.

    Murphy scored his first basket just before halftime to put FIU ahead 33-32 at the break. With the score tied at 46-46 and just over 10 minutes to play, Murphy accounted for 20 of FIU's next 21 points. He capped his scoring tear on a jumper that put the Panthers up 67-60 with 1:10 to play.

    During the closing stretch, Murphy shot 8 of 9 from the field, converted two three-point plays, grabbed five rebounds and had one block.

    Dennis Mavin added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers (9-7).

    Austin Ramljak led Rice (5-9) with 14 points. The Owls kept pace with Murphy's one-man show as late as Max Guercy's 3-pointer which put them ahead 56-55 with 6:43 left.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FIU
    RICE
    Points 71 60
    FG Made-Attempted 26-52 (.500) 22-57 (.386)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-18 (.333) 7-24 (.292)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-19 (.684) 9-16 (.563)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 16 (0/0)

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