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Tulsa Puts Dagger in UCF Knights 66-61

Scottie Haralson had six three-pointers for 18 points on Wednesday night.
Scottie Haralson had six three-pointers for 18 points on Wednesday night.
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Jan. 25, 2012

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Tulsa, Oklahoma - Scottie Haralson scored a game-high 18 points as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane defeated UCF, 66-61, in front of 4,381 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Wednesday night. Tulsa improved to 12-9 overall and the Knights dropped to 15-5. Tulsa and UCF now have the league's second best record at 5-2, while Memphis and Southern Miss sit atop the Conference USA standings with 5-1 marks.

Haralson scored all of his points on three-pointers, knocking in 6-of-8 treys, including five in the first half. He led four Tulsa players in double figures as Jordan Clarkson core 15 points, Eric McClellan 11 and Kodi Maduka 10.

Haralson has now hit six three pointers in five career games and the third time this season. His previous three-point games this year came against St. Joseph's and Wichita State.

In tonight's matchup, the Hurricane held the league's fourth-leading scorer, Marcus Jordan, to just seven points, nine below his season average of 16.1 points.

After a two-point Tulsa lead at halftime there were six lead changes in the second half. With the game tied 44-44 at the 13:55 mark, a free throw and layup by Clarkson and layup by Maduka put the Hurricane ahead 49-45. Less than five minutes later UCF's A.J. Rompza's jumper put the Knights ahead 52-51. A jumper by Steven Idlet and two layups by Tim Peete gave Tulsa a five-point advantage at 57-52 with 5:57 left in the game.

The Knights cut the Tulsa lead to one point again on a Keith Clanton layup at the 2:39 mark. Joe Richard's layup with two minutes on the clock put the Hurricane ahead 59-56. The two teams exchanged free throws keeping the Tulsa lead at three points.

Two technical fouls within two seconds of each other, one by Marcus Jordan at 0:15 and the second by Keith Clanton at 0:13 saw the Hurricane increase its' lead to eight points, 66-58, as Clarkson converted 5-of-5 free throws.

Tulsa built a double-digit lead in the first half behind the outside shooting of Scottie Haralson and the driving scores of McClellan. The Hurricane held on for a two-point intermission lead at 32-30.

Haralson began the first half with two three-pointers to give Tulsa an early 6-0 lead, but the Knights scored six straight of their own to tie the score and took the lead at 7-6 at the 14:39 mark.

Tulsa took a 10-9 and expanded that to 10 points when Haralson knocked down his fourth trey of the first half at the 5:33 mark to make it 25-15, and then connected on his fifth three-pointer of the first half with 3:19 remaining to go ahead 28-18. The Knights chipped away at the Tulsa lead to cut it to two points at halftime.

UCF out-scored Tulsa 8-2 over the next 1:20 to trim Tulsa's lead to four points, 30-26, just under one minute to play. Tulsa's Clarkson hit a jumper at 0:21, but UCF's Marcus Jordan got a layup with 0:03 left on the first-half clock.

Haralson knocked down 5-of-7 three-pointers in the first half for a game-high 15 points.

Tulsa will look to avenge a last second home loss earlier this season as the Hurricane travels to Dallas, Texas to face the SMU Mustangs on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Network (channel 27 in Tulsa).