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Rice escapes Southern Miss

Southern Mississippi guard Cortez Edwards, left, shoots layup over Stephen F. Austin forward Samuli Nieminen (24).
Southern Mississippi guard Cortez Edwards, left, shoots layup over Stephen F. Austin forward Samuli Nieminen (24). Associated Press

Egor Koulechov had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Marcus Evans hit three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and Rice held on for a 61-58 win over Southern Miss on Saturday.

Chad Lott scored 11 for Rice (13-8, 3-4 Conference USA), which led by as many as 24 in the second half before missing 12 of its final 14 shots.

Quinton Campbell scored six during a 10-0 run that pulled Southern Miss to 47-36 with 8:41 left and his jumper capped a 15-3 spurt to get within two, 55-53, with 20 seconds to go. Koulechov answered with two free throws as Rice made 6 of 8 in the final 17 seconds.

Cortez Edwards had 14 points and Campbell scored 13 for Southern Miss (6-13, 3-4).

After Edwards’s 3-pointer gave Southern Miss its only lead, 3-2, six Rice players scored during a 15-0 run over the next six-plus minutes.

The Owls added spurts of eight-straight and nine-straight points and led 34-16 at the break. The Golden Eagles had scoreless stretches of nearly eight minutes and more than 5 1 / 2 minutes before halftime. They hit just 5 of 23 shots in their lowest-scoring half of the season.

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