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Tulsa Advances With 71-69 Upset Over Marquette

Tulsa's Antonio Reed battles for a loose ball during the first half of their NCAA men's basketball tournament first round game Thursday.
Tulsa's Antonio Reed battles for a loose ball during the first half of their NCAA men's basketball tournament first round game Thursday.
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March 14, 2002

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By DAVID SCOTT
Associated Press Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tulsa pulled off one upset and now gets a chance for another against its former coach.

Greg Harrington made a runner in the lane with 14.6 seconds left to lift the 12th-seeded Golden Hurricane past No. 5 Marquette 71-69 Thursday in the East Regional.

Marquette had plenty of time to try to tie or win the game, but settled for Travis Diener's hasty 3-pointer from well beyond the arc. The shot was an air ball, and Dwyane Wade didn't even touch the ball when trying to grab it for a miracle follow at the buzzer. Wade ended the game hanging on the rim.

Tulsa advanced to play fourth-seeded Kentucky, which beat Valparaiso 83-68 Thursday. Kentucky's coach, Tubby Smith, led Tulsa to the NCAA tournament's round of 16 in 1994 and '95.

Antonio Reed scored 18 points, and Kevin Johnson added 14 as the Golden Hurricane held off Marquette's late rally and won a first-round game for the fourth straight year.

Up by as many as 14 points early in the second half, Tulsa watched its lead slowly shrink. When Marquette's Cordell Henry hit two 3-pointers in a span of 27 seconds, the game was tied 65-all with about four minutes left.

The teams traded baskets to make it 69-69, and Harrington came through with the winning shot.

Wade led Marquette, making its first tournament appearance since 1997, with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Henry added 17 points.

Tulsa shot just 40 percent in the first half, though it did go 6-of-10 from 3-point range. The Golden Hurricane also scored 14 points off eight Marquette turnovers to take a 34-30 lead into the break.

Reed was 3-of-3 in the half from beyond in the arc, scoring the Hurricane's first six points on consecutive shots.