GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -Tamir Jackson and Trey Stanton scored 18 points apiece, leading Rice to a 69-58 win over East Carolina on Saturday night.
Arsalan Kazemi tallied a double-double for the Owls (7-13, 1-6 Conference USA), scoring 14 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Lucas Kuipers chipped in with 10 points.
Jontae Sherrod dropped in a layup to pull the Pirates within 20-16, but Stanton scored his second bucket in less than 30 seconds for the Owls to start an 11-0 run. The Owls led the rest of the way, taking an 18-point advantage at halftime and hanging on despite being outscored 35-28 in the second.
Darrius Morrow recorded a double-double to lead the Pirates (7-14, 1-6), scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The Owls, who now share last place with East Carolina in the C-USA, stopped a seven-game losing streak while the Pirates have lost six of their last seven.
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