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Rice 76, Fresno State 68

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Michael Harris scored 22 of his 30 points
in the second half to help Rice beat Fresno State 76-68 Monday
night.

Brock Gillespie added 15 points and Jason McKrieth scored 14 for
the Owls (14-10, 8-6 Western Athletic Conference). Rice moved a
half-game ahead of the Bulldogs and into a tie with Louisiana Tech
for third place in the conference.

Mustafa Al-Sayyad and Donovan Morris scored 14 points apiece to
lead Fresno State (14-11, 8-7). Al-Sayyad added nine rebounds, and
Kevin Bell had nine assists.

The game featured 17 lead changes and six ties as Rice topped
Fresno State for the fourth straight time and sixth time in the
past seven meetings between the teams.

Trailing 61-56, the Owls outscored the Bulldogs 18-7 in the
final six minutes to win the game.

Rice outrebounded Fresno State 42-29, including 18-11 on the
offensive glass. The Owls also outscored the Bulldogs 32-12 in the
paint.

After Rice used a 12-2 run to jump out to a 21-12 lead, Fresno
State closed the first half by outscoring the Owls 24-13 to take a
two-point halftime lead.