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Tulsa Outlasts Rice 64-51

Freshman Shaquille Harrison led Tulsa in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals against Rice.
Freshman Shaquille Harrison led Tulsa in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals against Rice.
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Jan. 12, 2013

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Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa outscored the Rice Owls by 20 points in the second half to capture a 64-51 Conference USA victory in front of 4,521 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Saturday. The Hurricane improved to 10-7 on the season and 2-1 in C-USA play, while the Owls dropped to 3-12 and 0-2.

Freshman guard Shaquille Harrison scored 12 of his game-high 14 points in the second half, while also leading the Hurricane with eight rebounds, five steals and four assists. He also had a strong defensive performance in holding Rice's leading scorer Tamir Jackson to just two points in the final 20 minutes. Jackson finished the game with 14 points for the Owls.

Junior Pat Swilling, Jr. finished the game with 12 points and four rebounds, while senior Kauri Black had 10 points and six rebounds. The Hurricane out-rebounded the Owls 36 to 21 and finished the game shooting 52.8-percent from the field, while just connecting on 2-of-11 from three-point range.

The Hurricane trailed by double digits in the first half before going into intermission down by seven points, 33-26. Harrison scored five of Tulsa's first nine points in the second half to cut the Owls lead to three points with 16:05 on the game clock. Tulsa tied the game at 43 on Harrison's free throw with 9:22 left to play. The lead changed hands twice more until Scottie Haralson's two free throws with 4:31 to play put the Hurricane ahead for good.

Tulsa scored the next 13 points and held Rice scoreless in the final 4:31 to claim the victory. After connecting on just 4-of-12 free throws in the first half, the Hurricane finished the game 24-of-31. Tulsa made 20-of-23 free throws in the second half, including 14-of-15 to close out the game.

Tula jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the game on layups by Tim Peete and Black, but the hot-shooting Owls ran off the next 14 points with four three-pointers to take a 14-4 lead at the 14:58 mark of the first half. James Woodard snapped the Owl's scoring streak with a jumper at the 13:26 mark for his only points of the game.

Rice's hot shooting from behind the arc continued for the next seven minutes as the Owls hit four more three-pointers in the next six minutes. Rice connected on 8-of-10 three-pointers in the first 12:39 of the game, grabbing a 28-19 lead with 7:21 left in the first half.

Tulsa kept the first-half score within nine points the rest of the way and ended the first 20 minutes behind by seven points.

Tulsa returns to the Donald W. Reynolds Center this Wednesday night, January 16th for a 7:00 pm tipoff against the UTEP Miners. For tickets to all Tulsa home games, go online at www.TulsaHurricane.com or call 918.631-GoTU (4688).