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North Texas Rallies In Final Minutes For 68-65 Win Over Rice

Josh White #10, George Odufuwa #4, Tristian Thompson #14 and Jacob Holmen #30 of the North Texas Mean Green look on dejected against the Kansas State Wildcats during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 18, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Josh White #10, George Odufuwa #4, Tristian Thompson #14 and Jacob Holmen #30 of the North Texas Mean Green look on dejected against the Kansas State Wildcats during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 18, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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DENTON (AP) – Tristan Thompson scored 26 points and George Odufuwa added 11 points and 16 rebounds as North Texas rallied late to beat Rice 68-65 Tuesday night.

The Mean Green (3-1) trailed by six with 4 minutes to play before putting together a 9-2 run to take the lead for good.

Arsalan Kazemi recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds, Tamir Jackson had 15 points and Lucas Kuipers added 13 for the Owls (3-2).

Thompson’s free throw with 1:37 to play gave North Texas a 62-61 advantage, and Kedrick Hogans extended the lead to three with a layup just over a minute later. Rice pulled to within one twice in the final 19 seconds, but Shannon Shorter hit four free throws to secure the win.

The Owls led 31-25 at halftime and by as many as nine in the second half before the Mean Green’s comeback.

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