Jackson's 20 sparks UTSA past Rice, 79-66 in C-USA opener

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jhivvan Jackson had his second straight 20-point scoring game to spark Texas-San Antonio to a 79-66 win over Rice in the Conference USA opener on Thursday night.

The reigning C-USA Freshman of the Week was 6 of 10 from the field, tying a season high by knocking down five 3-pointers. He has now reached the 20-point plateau five times in 14 career games.

The Roadrunners built a 34-25 lead at intermission and opened the second half on a 6-0 run fueled by a 3-pointer by Giovanni De Nicolao.

Deon Lyle hit two of his five field goals from beyond the arc to total 12 points for UTSA (8-6, 1-0). Byron Frohnen added eight points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Connor Cashaw scored 14 points and Malik Osborne grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Owls (3-11, 0-1). Robert Martin and Najja Hunter each added 11 points.

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