Tulsa Falls at Wright State in CBI Opener, 72-52
March 20, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - Scottie Haralson scored 13 points and James Woodardadded 12 to lead Tulsa, but the Golden Hurricane fell at Wright State, 72-52, in the College Basketball Invitational opening round Wednesday evening at the Nutter Center.
The Golden Hurricane ends its season with a 17-16 record. Haralson, meanwhile, ends his career as the third-leading three-point shooter in school history, with 248 threes, and compiled 1,064 points in three seasons at TU.
The game was a defensive battle, particularly in the first half, when Tulsa shot 28 percent and Wright State shot 39 percent from the field. The scoring heated up in the second period, where TU was shooting 60 percent midway through the half, but the Hurricane finished with a .347 field goal percentage. The Raiders (22-12) made 47 percent of their field goals, including 55 percent in the second half.
Scoring was slow in the early going, as Wright State led Tulsa, 9-8, with 11:18 remaining in the first half. The Raiders, with the benefit of a fastbreak layup sandwiched between a pair of three-pointers, broke out to a 24-15 lead. The WSU lead grew to as many as 12 points, 32-20, but Woodard hit a three with 0:39 on the clock to make the halftime score, 32-23.
Tulsa made an early run after the break, outscoring Wright State, 13-4, to tie the game at 36 apiece with 16:07 remaining. The Raiders got a three-point play from Joe Bramanti to re-take the lead, 39-36, and scored seven straight points to move ahead, 43-36.
Down 45-38, the Hurricane scored six straight to cut the deficit to two points, but Wright State got 17 combined points from Jerran Young and Miles Dixon, as part of a 27-9 run to end the game and pull away from TU. Young finished with 14 points and Dixon 12 points, while WSU was led by Kendall Griffin's 15 points.
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