HOUSTON -- Ryan Woolridge scored 24 points, leading four into double figures and North Texas walloped Rice 103-87 on Saturday to open Conference USA play in emphatic fashion.
Woolridge made 10 of 16 shots, grabbed 12 rebounds and had six assists for Mean Green (13-1, 1-0). Zachary Simmons scored 11 of his 22 points in the first 99 seconds of the second half -- opening with a dunk, a pair of jumpers and a 3-point play. The eruption continued a rally that saw North Texas come from 11 points down in the first half to lead by five, 48-43, at the break.
Robert Martin went off for a career-high 35 points for Rice (5-9, 0-1). Martin, who had never broken 30 points, made 9 of 11 shots, was 5 of 5 from 3-point distance and 12 of 12 at the foul line. He added four rebounds and four assists against one turnover.
Perry scores 34 to carry Stetson over W. Illinois 77-75
Rob Perry had 34 points as Stetson narrowly defeated Western Illinois 77-75 on Saturday night.
Smith, Cowan spark No. 7 Maryland's rally past Rhode Island
Jalen Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Anthony Cowan Jr. scored all 14 of his points in the second half and turnover-prone No. 7 Maryland overcame a sloppy start and a double-digit deficit, beating Rhode Island 73-55 on Saturday night.
Williams leads Murray St. past Southern U. 69-49
KJ Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lift Murray State to a 69-49 win over Southern on Saturday night.