HOUSTON -- Ako Adams scored a career-high 22 points in 26 minutes and Rice held Alabama A&M scoreless in the final two minutes for a 73-59 win on Monday night.
Jack Williams sandwiched a jump shot and a 3-pointer between a 3 from Adams and the Owls were up 13-4. Trey Murphy III buried a 3 and Williams' jumper made it an 11-point advantage. Rice led 36-26 at halftime before the Bulldogs narrowed the deficit to 47-44 on an 18-11 run. The Bulldogs got within 58-55 but never got closer.
Williams and Robert Martin each scored 13 points for Rice (2-1) which shot 57 percent (25 of 44) from the field. The Owls have averaged 76.3 points a game to start the season.