UH tops city rival Rice

January 23, 2008 8:18:43 PM PST
Thanks in part to 18 points from Robert McKiver, Houston overcame a poor shooting night to pick up a 69-60 road win against Rice on Wednesday night. The Cougars (14-3, 3-0 Conference USA) shot just under 33 percent from the field, but made 20-of-25 from the free-throw line. McKiver and Lanny Smith each made 7-of-8 free throws.

Rice (3-15, 0-5) wasn't much better from the field, making 35 percent of its field goals and 22 percent of its 3-pointers.

Rice held a 50-42 rebounding edge, led by Paulius Packevicius' 20 boards.

McKiver had five rebounds, while Smith finished with nine points, six assists and four rebounds. Kelvin Lewis added 10 points for Houston.

McKiver also led Houston with six steals, with DaShaun Williams adding four. The Cougars forced 29 turnovers while committing 16.

Four Owls scored in double figures, led by 16 from Packevicius. Patrick Britton and Rodney Foster scored 14 apiece and Lawrence Ghoram added 10.

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