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Swilling's Three-Pointer Gives Tulsa 48-47 Win at SMU

Junior Pat Swilling made six three-pointers, including the game-winner with 3.8 seconds remaining, to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 48-47 win at SMU Sunday night.
Junior Pat Swilling made six three-pointers, including the game-winner with 3.8 seconds remaining, to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 48-47 win at SMU Sunday night.
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Jan. 6, 2013

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DALLAS - Pat Swilling, Jr., caught the ball in the corner and coolly knocked down his sixth three-pointer of the game with 3.8 seconds on the clock to push Tulsa past SMU, 48-47, in the Conference USA opener for both schools Sunday evening at Moody Coliseum.

With Swilling's basket, the Golden Hurricane improved to 9-6 overall and 1-0 in C-USA play, and avoided a loss in the contest in which it led by 17 points at halftime. The junior guard from New Orleans set a career high with six three-pointers and finished with 18 points.

The Mustangs (10-6, 0-1 C-USA) used a 25-6 run in the second half to erase Tulsa's 34-17 halftime lead, as SMU moved ahead, 42-40, with 5:22 left in the game. The Hurricane, however, never allowed the home team to lead by more than four points, and trailed by two with 20 seconds left before Swilling hit his big shot.

"If you look at the stat sheet, it was a tale of two halves," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "We shot the ball well in the first half, particularly Pat. He carried us. He made a lot of big shots. In the second half they came out, Coach Brown made great adjustments. They played great in the second half. We played well for about a minute, to be honest with you, and that was the last minute of the game, in terms of executing. Pat made a big shot, and we were very fortunate to come out with a win. It was a different flow in both halves, and we're just fortunate to come out with a road win in league play."

SMU opened the second half with a 9-0 run to cut the Tulsa lead to 34-26. James Woodard, who finished with six points, and Scottie Haralson, who tallied 10 points and nine rebounds, made a couple of jumpers to slow the run and make the score 38-26 with 12:34 left, but the Mustangs continued with a 25-6 run from the start of the second period to a 42-40 lead with 5:22 remaining. That run gave SMU its first advantage since it led 7-4 with 14:06 left in the first half.

SMU took a four-point lead, 46-42, with 32 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Cannen Cunningham, who finished with 12 points. Haralson connected on a three-pointer with 0:24 on the clock to cut the deficit to one point, and Nick Russell, who scored 10 points, made one of two free throws to make the score, 47-45, with 0:20 remaining. Tulsa was fouled twice on its end of the floor and was set up for the baseline out-of-bounds play with 0:06 left.

"I know I came off clean, off of a great screen by Kauri," Swilling said as he described the play in which he hit the game-winner. "When I did come off clean, I did feel my man around, and I could out the corner of my eye somebody closing out, so I wanted to get it up quickly. Coach was telling us to shoot it just in case they did foul, so we could try to get some free throws. When I caught the ball, the first thing I thought was `shoot' so I shot it, and thankfully it went in."

Tulsa shot 35 percent in the game, including 23 percent in the second half, while holding SMU to 34 percent shooting from the field. The Mustangs, which were shooting better than 50 percent for most of the second half, missed its final four field goals and made 9-of-10 free throws in the final 6:21. The Hurricane held a 37-27 advantage on the boards and tallied 14 assists on 19 made baskets. Shaquille Harrison made the only two free throws Tulsa took in the game.

Tulsa allowed a season-low 17 points in the first half as it ran out to a 34-17 lead at the break. Spurred by Swilling's five three-pointers, the Golden Hurricane went on a 20-3 run in the final 10 minutes of the period.

The teams traded the lead in the early going, but with the TU lead at 14-11, Kauri Black made a layup and Haralson swished a three to kick-start a 7-0 run the pushed the lead to 21-11. The Hurricane led, 26-17, and on the strength of a trio of Swilling treys and Harrison's free throws, scored the final eight points of the half.

In the midst of its run, TU held SMU without a point for five minutes, from free throws by Ryan Manuel at the 10:07 mark, until a basket by Nick Russell with 5:05 on the clock. The Hurricane allowed the Mustangs to shoot just 25 percent (6-24) in the first half, while shooting 45 percent (13-30) with six three-pointers, and holding a 19-14 advantage on the boards.

The Golden Hurricane returns to action Wednesday when it hits the road again to play at C-USA foe Marshall at 6 p.m. CT at the Cam Henderson Center.

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