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Maduka, McClellan Power TU To First League Win

Sophomore forward Kodi Maduka had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Tulsa to a Conference USA win over UTEP Wednesday night
Sophomore forward Kodi Maduka had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Tulsa to a Conference USA win over UTEP Wednesday night
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Jan. 11, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa men's basketball team picked up its first win in Conference USA play as the Golden Hurricane defeated UTEP 59-48 Wednesday night in front of 4,017 fans at Donald W. Reynolds Center.

TU (8-9, 1-2 C-USA) received 14-point efforts from both sophomore forward Kodi Maduka and freshman guard Eric McClellan, and Michael Perez led UTEP (8-9, 1-2 C-USA) with 14 points for the road team.

Maduka also had seven rebounds to lead the Golden Hurricane, and sophomore guard Jordan Clarkson added 10 points for the home team. Senior center Steven Idlet and junior guard Scottie Haralson both contributed eight points.

Tulsa shot 46 percent from the field, knocked down 5-of-10 three's and converted 82 percent (14-for-17) of its free throws. UTEP shot 42 percent from the field, scored 4-of-9 from behind the arc and was just 4-of-6 from the charity stripe.

TU outrebounded the Miners 30-26 and had 15 assists to just 10 turnovers in the contest.

Perez was the only member of the road team to reach double figures in scoring, and Jacques Streeter added nine points and four assists.

Tulsa jumped on the Miners early, taking a 9-2 lead into the games first media timeout. Three different Miners powered a 7-0 response as UTEP gained an 11-9 advantage nine minutes into the contest.

The road team built its lead to six at 19-13 with 6:52 to play in the opening half, but an Idlet tip-in at the 6:29 mark sparked a 15-3 run for the Golden Hurricane, giving the home team a 28-22 advantage heading into intermission.

The huge run for Tulsa was punctuated by Haralson's back-to-back treys with a little more than a minute to play in the opening half. He and Maduka both had eight first-half points to lead TU.

UTEP came out of the locker room on fire, using a 7-1 run to get within one at 29-28, but Tulsa never relinquished its lead.

The road team was able to get within one on three more occasions, the final time at 41-40 with 9:51 to play.

TU was able to close the door on UTEP, however, ending the game on an 18-8 run, which included a final 13-3 run in the last 6:51 of action.

The Golden Hurricane will return to action at 12 p.m. Jan. 14 at East Carolina.