Clemson-bound senior Marcus Thornton scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, leading Westlake (Ga.) to a 53-47 upset of Rice (N.Y) in the Chick-fil-A Classic I bracket championship.
Rice (4-1), which committed 15 turnovers and shot 29.8 percent, entered the game rated No. 17 in the USA Today Super 25 poll.
Thornton, a 6-8 forward, was named the bracket's most outstanding player.
Tony Jacobs added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Lions. Guards Jeff Newberry and Ronnie Harris each scored 11 points.
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Kevin Perez was the lone Rice player in double figures with 12 points. All-tournament forward Kadeem Jack had 14 rebounds and eight points.
W: Marcus Thornton 13, Tony Jacobs 13, Ali 2, Ronnie Harris 11, Jeff Newberry 11, Brown 3. R: Sanders 9, Jack 8, Southwell 2, Reid 2, Arias 9, Andujar 3, Johnson 2, Kevin Perez 12. Rec: R 4-1, W 11-0.
- Steve Wiseman