Men's Basketball Falls at Rice, 77-52

Box Score

HOUSTON (AP) - Robert Johnson scored 17 points and Derek Michaelis added 15points and 9 rebounds, leading the Rice Owls to a 77-52 victory Thursday nightover the Wyoming Cowboys.

Rice (10-3 overall, 1-0 Western Athletic) won its eighth straight home game.It's the Owls' longest home winning steak since winning nine straight in 1993.

Anthony Blakes had 17 points and 8 rebounds for Wyoming (9-3, 0-1).

Also in double figures for Rice were Jason Skaer with 13 points and ErikCooper with 10 points.

Rice, which never trailed, dominated the second half after managing a 35-29halftime lead. The Owls led 35-30 early in the second half before going on a20-4 streak for a 55-34 advantage with 12:18 remaining.

The Owls pulled away behind the shooting of Johnson and Michaelis, who eachhad nine points after intermission.

The game was tied at 10-10 with 16:03 left in the first half, but Rice wenton 13-3 tear to open up a 23-13 lead.

The Cowboys got to within 28-24 with 5:40 left in the half.

Rice won the rebounding battle 48-34.

The Owls hit 45 percent of their field goal attempts, while Wyomingconnected on 27 percent.

              1st half  2nd half   OT     Final(V)Wyoming      29        23        -      52(H)Rice         35        42        -      77

Team Leaders Wyoming Rice

Points Blakes-17 Johnson-17Rebounds Blakes-8 Michaelis-9Assists Three players-3 Wilks, Johnson-5Steals Three players-2 Wilks, Tyndell-2

Team Stats

FG % 26.7% 45.8% FT % 61.9% 72.7%3-pt % 25.9% 38.9%

Pts in the paint 12 22Pts off turnovers 7 82nd chance pts 6 12Fast break pts 2 4

Attendance - 2,911