Tulsa's Win Streak Snapped in Triple Overtime Thriller with UCF
Jan. 12, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tulsa battled back from a 15-point halftime deficit to tie the score at the end of regulation, and put the game into three overtimes, but fell to the host UCF Knights by a count of 97-91 in front of 7,097 fans at the UCF Convocation Center.
Sophomore Ben Uzoh led the Hurricane with 25 points, including two big three-pointers in each of the first two overtime periods. Fellow sophomore Jerome Jordan, who fouled out with 1:22 left in regulation added 17 points, followed by Calvin Walls with 15 and Brett McDade with 13.
Jermaine Taylor scored 28 points, including seven in the third overtime, ti pace the UCF attack.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Hurricane, and put Tulsa at 8-5 on the year and 0-1 in Conference USA play. UCF improved to 9-7 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Tulsa jumped out to an 11-2 lead to start the game, then UCF went on a 12-3 run to tie the game at 14 at the 9:52 mark of the first half. The Knights proceeded to outscore Tulsa 26 to 9 the remainder of the first half, as UCF's Jermaine Talor scored 17 first-half points for a 40-25 UCF halftime lead.
UCF connected on 44-percent from three-point range on 4-of-9 shooting, while Tulsa made just 1-of-11 for nine percent in the first half. It was just the opposite in the second half as the Hurricane knocked down 56-percent of its three-pointers on 5-of-9, while UCF did not connect on five trey attempts in the next 20 minutes.
In the second half, Tulsa outscored the Knights 42-27 as the Hurricane continued to chip away at the UCF lead. Tulsa cut the lead to three points at the 5:16 mark, 61-58, on a layup by Bishop Wheatley. A UCF score and a two-point basket by Calvin Walls put Tulsa at a three-point disadvantage with 4:47 remaining. Jordan's jumper at the 2:48 mark brought the Hurricane to within one point at 65-64. At the 2:11 mark, McDade's three-pointer gave the Hurricane its first lead at 67-62 since the 9:25 mark of the first half.
UCF's David Noel knocked in two free throws on Jordan's fifth foul of the game, that tied the contest at 67. The two teams couldn't score in the final 1:21 of regulation, but Tulsa's McDade had a chance at the buzzer with a 13-foot attempt.
In the first overtime, Tulsa built a three-point lead, 70-67, on a three-point play by Walls. UCF then hit the next six points to take a 73-70 lead at the 3:06 mark. Trailing by three again at 76-73 with 2:11 on the clock, Tulsa scored the next five points on two Walls' free throws and a trey by Uzoh with 1:03 left for a 78-76 lead. A steal by McDade at the 0:41 mark gave the ball back to the Hurricane but a turnover by Walls saw UCF convert on a Taylor layup to tie the score at 78 with 0:34 remaining. Taylor had a chance to win the game for the Knights, but missed a 12-footer at the buzzer, putting the game into a second overtime.
It appeared Tulsa may have the game in hand with a five-point lead, 85-80, with 0:32 remaining in the second OT. However, UCF's Mike O'Donnell knocked down a three-pointer from the corner with 0:20 remaining and tied it at 85 with by converting 2-of-3 free throws with 0:07 on the clock.
Tulsa's McDade had another chance to clinch it for the Hurricane but a five-foot runner in the lane was off the mark, thus putting the game into a third overtime. UCF's Taylor, held to just two points in the second half after 17 first-half points, put the Knights on his back in the third overtime period. Taylor knocked down two three pointers as the Knights went on a 12-6 run to close out the game with a 97-91 victory.
For the Hurricane, Jordan had his first career double-double as he grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with a career-best 17 points. Walls had his third double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Tulsa hosts Tulane on Wednesday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Game time is 8:00 pm.
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