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Tulsa Holds off UTEP for 74-70 win

Freshman D'Andre Wright scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 74-70 road win at UTEP Saturday.
Freshman D'Andre Wright scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 74-70 road win at UTEP Saturday.
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Feb. 9, 2013

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EL PASO, Texas - Behind a career-high 25 points from D'Andre Wright and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch, Tulsa picked up a big 74-70 Conference USA win at UTEP Saturday evening at the Don Haskins Center.

Wright went 9-of-12 from the field and 7-of-10 free throws, and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Golden Hurricane, which improved to 13-11 overall and 5-5 in C-USA play. TU made 9-of-12 free throws in the final 3:09 of the game to keep the Miners at bay and hold on for the win. The Hurricane made 14-of-17 - 82.4 percent - of its free throws in the second half.

Tulsa led, 35-27, at halftime, and held UTEP (13-9, 6-3 C-USA) to 25 percent shooting in the first period. The Hurricane held onto its lead for the first 13 minutes of the second half, before the Miners took its first lead since the first minute of the game.

The Golden Hurricane led, 54-53, with 7:10 left in the game, but UTEP's Konner Tucker, who led the Miners with 17 points, made a three-pointer to give the home team a 56-54 lead.

Tulsa tied the score with a layup by Shaquille Harrison and retook the lead with a put back tip in. UTEP tied the score again, at 58-58, but Scottie Haralson, who had nine points, made his third three-pointer to put the Hurricane ahead for good, 61-58, with 4:00 remaining.

From there, the Golden Hurricane mixed in nine free throws, along with a Wright put-back dunk in the final minute, and held UTEP to four free throws, along with a pair of three-pointers in the final minute to hang on for the win.

Tulsa held a 34-24 scoring advantage in the paint and 44-21 off the bench, and a slight. 36-35 rebounding advantage, and both teams had 13 offensive board. The Hurricane shot 45 percent for the game, including 52 percent in the first half, and committed only eight turnovers. The TU defense was stout once again, holding the Miners to 37 percent shooting from the field.

Kauri Black made 6-of-8 shots to score 13 points, and Rashad Ray added 12 points, including two three-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws.

The Golden Hurricane plays host to Houston at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

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