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Tulsa Falls at Louisiana Tech, 66-61

Rashad Smith scored nine points for Tulsa at Louisiana Tech Thursday. The Bulldogs won the game, 66-61.
Rashad Smith scored nine points for Tulsa at Louisiana Tech Thursday. The Bulldogs won the game, 66-61.
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Feb. 7, 2014

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RUSTON, La. - Shaquille Harrison scored 14 points to lead Tulsa, but the Golden Hurricane dropped a 66-61 decision at Louisiana Tech Thursday evening at the Thomas Assembly Center.

The Golden Hurricane (10-12, 5-3 C-USA) concludes the road trip at Rice at 3 p.m. Saturday.

James Woodard scored 10 points and led the Hurricane with eight rebounds, Rashad Smith scored nine points, and Rashad Ray and Brandon Swannegan each tallied eight points for TU. Jarron Johnson scored 18 points to lead the Bulldogs (19-5, 7-2 C-USA), and Kenyon McNeail added 13 points.

Tulsa took a 19-18 lead at the 9:04 mark of the first half, and held it until 2:52 left in the game when the Bulldogs moved ahead 55-54. TU tied the score at 55-55, but went ahead for good on a jumper with 1:58 remaining.

The Hurricane led 50-41 with 6:53 remaining, but Louisiana Tech outscored TU 25-11 over the remainder of the game. The Bulldogs' largest lead was eight points with 0:47 left, and Tulsa pulled as close as 64-61 with 0:19 to play.

Tulsa outrebounded LATech 45-36 and scored 20 points off turnovers. TU shot 37 percent for the game (20-of-54), made three 3-pointers, and made 18-of-26 free throws. Louisiana Tech (19-5, 7-2 C-USA) shot 39 percent from the field (20-of-51) and made 22-of-40 free throws. TU tallied 10 assists and 15 turnovers, while the Bulldogs had 15 assists and 11 turnovers.

Tulsa led 9-7 early in the game before Louisiana Tech used a 7-0 spurt to take a 14-9 lead. The Hurricane fought back with an 8-2 run to retake the lead at 17-16 after a pair of Harrison free throws.

The Bulldogs took an 18-17 lead, but Tulsa responded with a 10-0 run that put the Golden Hurricane ahead 27-18 after a Swannegan layup with 6:16 left in the half. TU ended the half by outscoring LATech 13-7, and took a 30-25 lead into the break.

Tulsa extended its halftime lead to seven points, and Louisiana Tech closed the gap to two points, 36-34, at the 16:20 mark. With the score 38-36, the Hurricane got a layup from Ray and a 3-pointer from Shaquille Harrison to go back up by 43-36 with 11:01 remaining. The Bulldogs cut the lead to three points again at 43-40, before a 7-1 spurt gave TU its largest lead of the second half at 50-41.

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