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South Alabama beats Rice 74-67 on strength of Boyanov

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Georgi Boyanov scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting and had 12 rebounds to lead South Alabama past Rice 74-67 Tuesday night.

Egor Koulechov hit three free throws after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt to trim South Alabama's lead to 62-60 with 4:27 to play.

Back-to-back layups by Boyanov and Tafari Whittingham pushed the lead to six when Marcus Evans made a 3 to make it 66-63. Wittingham's free throw made it 67-63 before Marquez Letcher-Ellis made one of two free throws and Connor Cashaw's 3-point play tied it at 67 with 1:03 left.

Whttingham made a layup, but Evans missed a chance to tie it and South Alabama (5-6) converted 3 of 4 free throws in the last 29 seconds to hold on for the win.

Evans had 22 points and seven rebounds for Rice (5-7). Max Guercy had six of the Owls' 10 steals on the night.