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Tulsa Falls to Memphis in C-USA Semifinals, 85-74

Freshman Shaquille Harrison scored 13 points for the Golden Hurricane in the C-USA Men's Basketball Championship semifinal against Memphis on Friday.
Freshman Shaquille Harrison scored 13 points for the Golden Hurricane in the C-USA Men's Basketball Championship semifinal against Memphis on Friday.
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March 15, 2013

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TULSA, Okla. - Scottie Haralson scored 25 points with a career-high 12 rebounds to lead Tulsa, but the Golden Hurricane fell to Memphis, 85-74, in the semifinals of the 2013 Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship Friday evening at the BOK Center.

It was the career first double-double for the senior from Jackson, Miss., who connected on 5-of-9 three-point attempts and 9-of-16 field goals to lead the Golden Hurricane (17-15). Junior Pat Swilling Jr. tallied 15 points and Shaquille Harrison added 13 points for TU.

Chris Crawford scored 30 points on 8-of-10 three-pointers to lead five scorers in double figures for the Tigers (29-4). Tulsa shot 45 percent from the field, while Memphis made 49 percent of their field goal attempts, including 58 percent in the second half. The Tigers connected 11-of-21 three-pointers, and had 42 rebounds to 37 for the Hurricane.

"I think we showed a little bit of fight in the first half to grind it out and go into halftime down one point. In the second half, they came out and controlled the tempo. They made some difficult shots. Crawford got free too many times for as good a shooter as he is. We lost him, and he made us pay. They hurt us with their second chance points. They got 22 second chance points to our eight, and that's a big difference. We have to do a much better job on the glass."

Haralson scored 13 of his points in the first half, knocking down 5-of-8 field goals, to lead the Hurricane. Memphis broke away from a 14-12 lead with 11:29 remaining in the period, with a 9-0 run to move ahead, 23-14. Tulsa, however, closed the half on a 17-7 run, including a 7-0 spurt, to cut the deficit to one point. TU trailed, 34-33, at the half.

Memphis scored nine of the first 11 points of the second half to extend its lead to 43-35. Swilling hit a three to make the score, 43-38, and Woodard made a jumper at the 13:47 mark to cut the deficit to five points, 47-42. That was as close as Tulsa would get, however, as consecutive Crawford threes sparked an 18-7 run to give the Tigers a 65-49 lead.

Memphis led by as many as 18 points with 2:18 remaining. TU, down 18 with 0:41 left, got a pair of threes by Haralson and freshman Rashad Ray and a layup from freshman James Woodard sandwiched around a Memphis free throw to reach the 85-74 final. Woodard ended the game with eight points, and freshman D'Andre Wright tallied seven rebounds.

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