HOUSTON — Ako Adams finished with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Rice ended a seven-game losing streak and beat Charlotte 73-64 on Saturday.
Charlotte missed 7 of 9 shots from the field in the final 6½ minutes and the Owls ended the game with a 16-8 run. Malik Osborne made all four of his free throws and Connor Shaw made a pair in the last 50 seconds.
Osborne scored 18 points and shot 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Rice led 40-37 at halftime and Adams made a pair of 3-pointers to extend the lead to 46-39. Jon Davis ended a 10-2 run with a 3-pointer and two free throws with 13:14 to go and Charlotte led 49-48.
Osborne later broke a 54-all tie with a free throw followed by a layup and Rice (4-13, 1-3 Conference USA) led the rest of the way.
Andrien White had 18 points for Charlotte (5-9, 1-2) and Najee Garven scored 10.