Rice University took advantage of its free throws to defeat the University of San Diego, 97-90, in overtime in a nonconference basketball opener for both teams at Autry Court in Houston.
USD had rallied to tie the game, 82-82, in regulation when Danny Means made a three-point shot from the top of the key to tie the game with four seconds remaining.
"I thought we were going to do it when we took it to overtime," USD Coach Hank Egan said.
Rice led, 38-30, at halftime and extended its lead to 72-59 with 6:05 remaining in the game. USD cut the Rice lead to 82-79 with 29 seconds remaining to set up Means' three-point shot. Means led USD's rally, scoring eight points in the final 55 seconds of regulation on two three-point shots and two free throws.
USD trailed, 91-90, with 1:18 remaining in overtime, but four straight free throws by Andy Gilchrist and Michael Irving sealed the victory for Rice. David Willie scored on a slam with six seconds left.