Tulsa Grabs 55-51 Road Win at SMU
Feb. 8, 2006
Dallas, Texas - Tulsa snapped a four-game losing streak as the Golden Hurricane grabbed a 55-51 road win against the SMU Mustangs on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 3,373 fans at Moody Coliseum.
Charles Ramsdell hit for a team-high 15 points, while senior Chris Wallace played solid defense against SMU star Bryan Hopkins and knocked down four straight free throws in the final 0:15 to preserve Tulsa's lead.
The Hurricane improved to 8-13 on the season and 3-5 in Conference USA play, while SMU dropped to 11-10 and 3-5 in league action.
SMU took its first second-half lead at 35-34 on a Hopkins layup with 6:23 remaining in the game, and again at 37-36 at the 5:56 mark. Tulsa then outscored the home team 8-2 to take a 47-39 lead on a three-pointer by Darold Crow, a two-point jumper and three-pointer by Ramsdell.
SMU cut the lead to two points, 51-49, with 0:37 remaining in the game, and that's when Wallace went to the line to sink four straight free throws.
In the first half, Tulsa was aggressive against the Mustangs, tallying 10 offense rebounds and 11 second chance points to take a 21-18 lead into the intermission.
SMU jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Tulsa connected on its first two-point basket of the game at the 14:30 mark.
The Hurricane had its largest lead of the first-half at 21-11, but from that 4:47 mark when Anthony Price hit a two-pointer for its 10-point lead, Tulsa went scoreless the remainder of the first half.
Throughout the game, Wallace harassed SMU's Hopkins, holding the Mustang's leading scorer to just 11 points. In two games against Tulsa last season, Hopkins totaled 58 points.
For the game, Tulsa shot just 35-percent from the field, but connected on
7-of-12 three-pointers for 58-percent, and 12-of-15 from the free throw line for 80-percent.
The win not only snapped a four-game losing streak for the Hurricane this year, but also snapped a five-game losing streak in the series against the Mustangs. Tulsa improved to 18-11 overall against SMU, and claimed its 11th win in 17 contests in Dallas.
Ramsdell just missed his fourth double-double of the year by one rebound, as he totaled nine boards to go along with his 15 points. Price had his third double-figure rebounding game of the year with 11 boards, while adding eight points.
Price fell one-point shy of hitting the 1,000-career point plateau tonight.
Tulsa returns home to host the Rice Owls on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
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