No. 20 Stanford Rallies Past Rice, 60-56

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Associated Press Writer

HOUSTON - Rob Little and Chris Hernandez scored 17 points to lead No.20 Stanford to a 60-56 victory over Rice on Sunday.

The Cardinal rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit, outscoring Rice38-28 in the second half for their third straight win.

Jason McKrieth scored 14 points for Rice (3-1). Brock Gillespie added 13points and Michael Harris finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

Stanford was again without preseason All-American Josh Childress, who issidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot.

The Cardinal rallied from a 31-22 deficit early in the second half.Hernandez made a 3-pointer and Little made three straight baskets as Stanfordclosed within a point, 33-32.

Robinson then converted a three-point play to give Stanford its first leadat 35-33.

Hernandez, held to two points in the first half, made two 3-pointers, fivefree throws and two 2-point baskets in the second half.

Little shot 7-for-11 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line as theCardinal pulled away.

Rice shot just 13-for-25 from the line, while Stanford converted 14 of 19free-throw attempts.

Stanford led 56-54 with 1:29 remaining and used four free throws byHernandez to seal the win.

The Cardinal has never lost to Rice, winning eight straight in the series,including coach Mike Montgomery's first win at the school in 1986.

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