The Bulldogs (21-5, 9-2 Conference USA) shot 48.3 percent from the field and outrebounded Rice 41-24. Jaron Johnson and Isaiah Massey each had 12 points, and Kenneth Smith had 11 assists with seven boards.
Marcus Jackson hit a layup to open the scoring for Rice, but Louisiana Tech rolled from there, as McNeail hit three late 3-pointers in the first half to storm out to a 42-17 halftime advantage. The Bulldogs, who entered Saturday in a four-way tie for first place in the C-USA, coasted in the second half to stay in the race with Middle Tennessee and UTEP.
The family of former Houston Astros owner Roy Hofheinz wants a court to require the University of Houston to keep his name on the school's basketball arena.
Michigan has hired assistant basketball coaches Billy Donlon and Saddi Washington.
Duke and Cincinnati, 2016 NCAA tournament teams, highlight the eight-team field for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
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