Connor Cashaw grabbed 12 rebounds for the Owls (7-23, 4-14), who entered two games back of 12th-ranked UTEP (10-18, 5-11) and face fifth-ranked UTSA (17-13, 10-7) on Saturday.
Leading 36-29 at halftime, Rice opened the second half by scoring seven straight and led 50-40 on Tim Harrison's layup. Omega Harris scored seven straight and the Miners closed to 74-70 on his 3 with five seconds left, but got no closer. Adams hit two free throws and Harris' 3 at the buzzer missed.
Harris hit five 3s and scored 18 points, Isiah Osborne added 13 points, Paul Thomas had 12 and Trey Wade 10 for the Miners, who need a win Saturday at North Texas (17-13, 10-7) or a Rice loss at UTSA to make the tournament.
The fourth annual Gavitt Tipoff Games will feature a rematch of the 2018 NCAA tournament final when Villanova hosts Michigan on Nov. 14.
Sacha Killeya-Jones announced Tuesday that he's transferring from the Kentucky Wildcats to NC State, choosing the Wolfpack over several other ACC schools.
Okoro currently is the 33rd ranked prospect for 2019, but he might be eligible for the Ducks next season.
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