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Feb. 29, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points, including 15 in the second half, to lead the Tulsa comeback, but the Hurricane fell at UAB, 68-64, Wednesday evening at Bartow Arena.

The Golden Hurricane (17-12, 10-5 C-USA) erased an eight-point halftime deficit and took its first lead at 52-51 with 8:32 left, but fell short in a back-and-forth finish.

In the second half, Clarkson's 15 points, combined with seven points from McClellan and all 10 points from Maduka, led the Hurricane, which scored 40 points after putting up just 24 in the first half.

Eric McClellan scored 14 points, Steven Idlet scored 13 points, and D.J. Magley grabbed 13 rebounds for Tulsa. UAB (14-14, 9-6 C-USA) was led by Jordan Swing, who scored 22 points, while Cameron Moore scored 18 points with nine rebounds.

Tulsa shot 44 percent in the second half and 38 percent for the game, while UAB shot 47 percent for the game, including 58 percent in the second period. The Hurricane outrebounded the Blazers, 45-33, and grabbed 20 offensive boards, scoring 18 second chance points. TU also scored 42 points in the paint.

After making several attempts to take the lead down eight points and six points, Tulsa finally made a run. Down seven points, 49-42, with 11:51 remaining, the Hurricane went on a 10-2 run to take its first lead of the game, 52-51 with 8:31 on the clock.

The teams went back and forth for the rest of the game and with Tulsa trailing by four points at 64-60 with 2:44 left, TU got a pair of free throws and a put back dunk by Maduka to tie the score at 64-64. UAB, however, made two sets of free throws to win, 68-64.

Scoring was slow in the early going, as Tulsa only made two of its first 13 shots and UAB made three of its first 12 shots.

The Hurricane, down 11-6, got a pair of free throws from Idlet and a driving layup from Clarkson to cut the deficit to 11-10. Later in the half, down 24-20, TU got layups from McClellan and Idlet to tie the score at 24 apiece.

UAB scored the last eight points of the half, including a three-pointer at the buzzer to take a 32-24 lead into the locker room. Both teams shot under 40 percent in the first period, as Tulsa shot 30 percent and the Blazers shot 37 percent.

The Golden Hurricane returns home for the final regular season game and Senior Day against Memphis at 11 a.m. Saturday on CBS. TU will honor seniors in a ceremony before the game.

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