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vs. FlaAtl 
L 82-94
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@ Rice 
L 71-72
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@ NorTx 
W 76-53
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@ LaTech 
L 65-93
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L 75-86
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Evans sparks Rice's win over Southern Miss in C-USA tourney

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Marcus Evans made five 3-pointers and scored 26 points, Marcus Jackson added 20 points, and No. 5 seed Rice beat 12th-seeded Southern Mississippi 86-75 on Wednesday in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament.

Rice (22-10), which has won nine of 11, will face No. 4 seed UTEP on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Southern Miss jumped out to a 12-2 lead with seven points from Quinton Campbell. But Rice rallied to take a 35-33 lead on Evans' wide-open 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:10 to go in the first half. Rice shot 50 percent in the half, including 7 of 15 from distance, but was hurt by 11 turnovers.

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Leaders
Points: Q. Campbell14.1
Rebounds: Q. Campbell6.2
Assists: C. Edwards3.6
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: Q. Campbell77.8%
3P%: Q. Campbell31.3%
Steals: C. Edwards1.5
Blocks: T. Rowe1.4
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Conference USA Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Middle Tennessee 17-1 31-5
Louisiana Tech 14-4 23-10
Old Dominion 12-6 19-12
UTEP 12-6 15-17
Rice 11-7 23-12
Marshall 10-8 20-15
UAB 9-9 17-16
Western Kentucky 9-9 15-17
UTSA 8-10 14-19
Charlotte 7-11 13-17
Florida Atlantic 6-12 10-20
Southern Miss 6-12 9-22
FIU 3-15 7-24
North Texas 2-16 8-22
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 63.0 (341)
Rebounds: 8.3 (318)
Assists: 12.1 (273)
FG%: 39.9% (337)
FT%: 70.7% (155)
3P%: 30.5% (335)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 72.2 (182)
Rebounds: 25.9 (117)
Assists: 15.0 (306)
FG%: 43.9% (184)
FT%: 69.2% (114)
3P%: 37.0% (294)
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