Hurricane Storms Past Rice in Second Half to 70-46 Road Win
Jan. 21, 2012
HOUSTON - Led by Jordan Clarkson's 12 second-half points, Tulsa outscored Rice 45-24 in the second period to pull away to a 70-46 Conference USA victory Saturday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Golden Hurricane (11-9, 4-2 C-USA), which led 25-22 at the half, shot 58 percent in the second half and held the Owls (11-9, 2-3 C-USA) to just 28 percent shooting. The Hurricane made 14-of-24 field goals to Rice's 8-of-29 shooting and outrebounded the Owls 26-13 in the second period.
Clarkson led TU with 14 points and six rebounds. Steven Idlet and Tim Peete each added 10 points for Tulsa, which shot 53 percent for the game and held a 43-28 rebounding advantage. TU also blocked nine shots and the Hurricane bench scored 34 points. Rice, which shot 31 percent for the game, was led by Jarelle Reischel's 11 points and six rebounds.
Tulsa opened the second half on a 21-9 run to open up a 46-31 lead with 7:36 on the clock. The Golden Hurricane held the Owls without a field goal for 10:38, creating a cushion as large as 21 points during that run. TU led 56-37 with 5:07 remaining.
The Hurricane cruised to the win from there, and senior guard Will Sanger dropped in a career-high four points in the final two minutes.
Both teams got off to a slow start on the offensive end. Tulsa made just one of its first six shots, and trailed 4-2 with 15:33 left in the first half. The Hurricane, however, rebounded to make five of its next seven shots, while the Owls made four of their next nine, and the score was tied 12-12 with 10:01 remaining.
Tulsa shot 50 percent for the rest of the opening period, making six of its 12 field goal attempts, including its first three-pointer of the game from Peete. Rice only made 3-of-11 field goals to close the half, and TU led 25-22 going into the locker room.
The Golden Hurricane returns to the friendly confines of the Donald W. Reynolds Center to face UCF at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
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