Scores

Final

Rice 76

(14-10, 8-6 WAC)

Fresno State 68

(14-11, 8-7 WAC)

    10:00 PM ET, February 21, 2005

    Save Mart Center, Fresno, California

    1 2 T
    RICE 34 4276
    FRES 36 3268

    Top Performers

    Rice: M. Harris 30 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl

    Fresno St: M. Al-Sayyad 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    RICE
    FRES
    Points 76 68
    FG Made-Attempted 31-64 (.484) 22-56 (.393)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-11 (.364) 9-22 (.409)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-16 (.625) 15-20 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 3

    2004-05 Season

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