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Balanced effort leads UTEP past Rice 67-56
UTEP 67, RICE 56

HOUSTON (AP) -- UTEP maintained its hold on the No. 3 seed in
Conference USA with a 67-56 victory over Rice on Saturday.



The Miners (16-12, 9-5 Conference USA) got 10 points each from
Julian Washburn, John Bohannon and C.J. Cooper to move closer to
securing a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The top
five seeds get byes in the opening round.



Jacques Streeter added seven assists and Cedrick Lang had 11
rebounds for UTEP, which outrebounded the Owls 42-26.



Tamir Jackson had 20 points for Rice (5-23, 1-13), which has
lost eight straight. Julian DeBose added 14 points and Max
Guercy had 11.



The Miners scored 10 straight points to take a 21-13 lead, were
up 34-24 at halftime and began the second half with an 18-6 run
to build a 52-30 lead with 10:18 remaining.

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