NORFOLK, Va. -- Richard Ross had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Old Dominion in a 55-51 comeback victory over Rice on Thursday night.
ODU (13-14, 7-5 Conference USA) trailed 49-42 with 6:49 to play and scored eight straight points over the next four minutes to take the lead at 50-49.
Max Guercy put Rice (7-18, 2-10) back in front with a pair of free throws with 2:21 left, and ODU answered with five more points to close the game on a 13-2 run.
Sean Obi had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Max Guercy had 10 points for the Owls.
Rice used a 10-0 run to pull ahead early in the second half and extended its lead to 49-42, but shot 0 for 7 from the field to finish the game.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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