HOUSTON (AP) — Jamal Bieniemy scored a career-high 36 points and Tydus Verhoeven scored 12 and UTEP beat Rice 72-70 on Saturday for its sixth-straight win.
Rice's Carl Pierre made a layup with as time expired to end the game.
Bieniemy shot 13 for 22 (59%) including 7 for 11 (63.6%) from 3-point range. Alfred Hollins scored 11 points and Jamari Sibley blocked three shots for UTEP (14-8, 7-3 Conference USA).
Souley Boum, who led the Miners in scoring coming into the contest with 16 points per game, finished 1-for-7 shooting.
Pierre had 18 points and six rebounds, Travis Evee scored 16 and Max Fiedler had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Owls (13-9, 6-5).