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Rice 79, Missouri-Rolla 57

November 26, 1997

HOUSTON (AP) _ Robert Johnson scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half Tuesday night, leading Rice in a 79-57 victory over Missouri-Rolla.

Rice (1-3) led 30-25 at halftime before Johnston led the Owls’ second-half surge.

The Owls had five players in double figures. Bobby Crawford also had 17 points for Rice, while Jarvis Kelley Sanni had 15, Alex Bougaieff had 13 and Derek Michaelis had 11.

Missouri-Rolla (0-2) was led by Ryan Pippett and Kevin Robertson with 12 points apiece.

Rice opened the second half with an 18-7 surge to lead 50-32 with 10:35 to go. Johnson had 7 points during the run.

During the final minutes, the Owls led by up to 27 points.

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