DENTON, Texas -- Michael Miller raced down court and scored on a driving layup with time running out and North Texas completed a remarkable comeback, edging Rice 76-75 on Saturday.
Rice was blown out by North Texas 103-87 on Dec. 29, but Saturday the Owls built a 16-point lead with seven minutes to play.
Mean Green put together an improbable 24-7 run over that span, winning on the last shot.
North Texas (17-2, 5-1 Conference USA) chipped away at the 16-point gap for four minutes, then made eight free throws as part of a 10-0 run and grabbed the lead, 74-73, when Miller sank a pair with 32 seconds left. It was North Texas' first lead since the score was 42-41 with more than 16 minutes to go.
After Miller's free throws, Rice, which has lost back-to-back one-point games, worked the clock to under 10 seconds when Chris Mullins drove to the basket and scored, lifting the Owls to a 75-74 lead with seven seconds left.
Jack Williams led Rice (7-12, 2-4) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Trey Murphy III scored 18. Mullins scored six but made four turnovers including twice in the backcourt in the last 1:03. One resulted in a Duffy second-chance jump shot, the other to Miller's free throws with 32 seconds left.
North Texas is 10-0 at home and rebounded after losing an eight-game win streak in its previous game.
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