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Tulsa Knocks Out SMU, 66-60

Sophomore Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points with six assists and four blocks to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 66-60 win at SMU Saturday.
Sophomore Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points with six assists and four blocks to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 66-60 win at SMU Saturday.
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Jan. 28, 2012

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DALLAS - Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points and Scottie Haralson added 17 points to lead the Tulsa basketball team to at 66-61 Conference USA win at SMU Saturday afternoon at Moody Coliseum.

The Golden Hurricane (13-9, 6-2 C-USA) won its sixth straight game and avenged a loss to SMU at home from Jan. 7. Clarkson matched a career high with six assists and tallied a personal-best four blocks. Haralson made five three-pointers, and teamed up with Clarkson and Eric McClellan - who added 10 points - for 10 three-pointers for the Hurricane. SMU, which fell to 10-11 overall and 2-5 in league play, was led by Robert Nyakundi's 18 points.

Tulsa shot 52 percent from the field, including 58 percent from three-point range - and dominated the boards, out-rebounding SMU 33-19. Tim Peete added five assists, as the Hurricane totaled 16 assists and eight blocks in the ballgame. TU held the Mustangs to 42 percent field goal shooting.

Clarkson connected on a three-pointer with 1:07 left to give Tulsa a 61-54 lead and spark a 7-0 run that pushed the advantage to 11 points at 65-54.

The Golden Hurricane, which held a 35-30 halftime lead, found itself trailing 40-37 with 16:28 left in the game. TU, however, went on an 8-0 run of its own to retake the lead at 45-40. Tulsa never trailed again on its way to the 66-60 victory.

Tulsa opened the game with an 8-0 run and led 11-2 with 15:34 left in the first half. SMU then used a 10-3 run to close the Hurricane lead to two points 14-12 with 11:18 remaining.

The Hurricane, on the strength of seven first-half three-pointers by Clarkson and Haralson, moved out to a 33-25 advantage, and led 35-30 at the half.

The Golden Hurricane returns to the floor Saturday, Feb. 4, as it plays host to Marshall at 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

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