Rice sophomore forward Lucas Kuipers is coming off a season-high, 15-point effort against SMU earlier in the week.

Men's Basketball

Rice Drops 67-57 Decision at SMU

Feb. 17, 2010

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DALLAS - SMU scored 12 straight points to break a 55-55 tie and grabbed a 67-57 win over Rice Wednesday in Moody Coliseum.

Rice had held the Mustangs scoreless for better than four minutes and owned a brief lead in the second half, 48-47 with 8:39 to play in the game. The Owls would later tie the score at 55.

Lucas Kuipers, who matched a career scoring high with 19 points, knocked down his fifth, three-pointer with 5:38 to play to cut an SMU lead to 55-53.

On SMU's next possession, Papa Dia lost control of the ball while posting inside and got tied up with Trey Stanton for a jump ball. The alternating possession went to Rice and the Owls came down the floor and scored on a Connor Frizzelle layup with 4:03 to play.

On the Mustang's next time down the floor, Mouhammad Faye missed a three-pointer but Dia came up with the offensive rebound. Following a media timeout, Faye sank a three to give SMU the lead. And after Frizzelle missed a trey to answer, Derek Williams drove inside for a quick layup.

Rice missed six straight shots as well as a free throw as SMU turned a tied ball game into a double-digit lead.

Faye had three, second-half three-pointers and finished with 15 points. Williams scored a game-high 20 and had four assists.

Frizzelle chipped in 16 points and had three assists for the Owls. Trey Stanton finished with 13 points but had just four after intermission.

Rice jumped out to a 15-7 lead early in the game but Williams' outside shooting helped the Mustangs get back in the contest and stretch out a 31-23 lead at one point of the first period.

After SMU coach Matt Doherty was whistled for a technical foul, Williams drained a three-pointer that helped spark a 11-3 run. During the SMU rally, Dia's baby hook at the 7:27 mark broke a 21-21 tie and gave the Mustangs the lead for the remainder of the half.

After gaining their biggest lead of the half at 31-23, the Mustangs missed their last five shots from the field in the period. Over the final minutes Frizzelle drilled a pair of three-pointers and scored the Owls' last eight points of the half to cut SMU's lead to 34-31 at the break.

Rice, now 8-17 and 1-10 will close out the regular season by playing three of its final five games at home. The Owls play host to East Carolina on Saturday. Tip-off for Saturday's game is 2 p.m. SMU is now 12-13 and 5-6. The Mustangs are at Memphis on Saturday.

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