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Texas defeats Rice 66-44

Published On: Dec 30 2013 03:58:14 PM CST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

Jonathan Holmes scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half as Texas cruised to a 66-44 victory over Rice on Monday.
    
The Longhorns (11-2), who did not win their 11th game last year until mid-February, wrapped up nonconference play with their ninth straight win over the Owls (5-7), who never held a lead in the game.
    
Holmes scored the first five points of the contest before a Keith Washington 3-pointer tied the game at 8. That was the closest Rice ever got, as Texas used a 13-2 run to pull away from the Owls, taking a 37-19 halftime lead and never looking back.
    
Cam Ridley scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half while Connor Lammert added 10 points and six rebounds for the Longhorns
    
Sean Obi recorded his third double-double in the last four games with 10 points and 12 rebounds for Rice.

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