UAB (16-3, 6-0 Conference USA) won its 20th consecutive game at Bartow Arena, and tied a school record with its 13th straight win. The current win streak is second-longest in the NCAA behind SMU (18).
Marcus Evans and Egor Koulechov led Rice (6-13, 1-5) with 14 points each. Koulechov also hauled in 10 rebounds. The young Owls team scored the first 10 points of the second half and led briefly, 47-46, on a 3-point play by Marquez Letcher-Ellis.
Brown scored five straight free throws as UAB regained the lead for good, 54-50.