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Oct. 27, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. - The new look Tulsa Golden Hurricane under Head Coach Danny Manning scored a 60-49 victory over the Emporia State Hornets in front of a paid crowd of 3,898 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. It was the first of two exhibition games for the Hurricane before the regular season tips off.

Sophomore Rashad Smith led the Hurricane in scoring with 19 points and was followed by freshman James Woodard with 12 points. Smith led in rebounding as well with nine boards.

Tulsa's pressure defense forced the Hornets into 22 turnovers as the Hurricane scored 16 points off of turnovers and totaled 15 assists.

"There were some stretches where we did some good things, and there were some stretches where we looked like a young team, which we are," Manning said. "We just have to continue to work and continue to get better. There are a lot of things that we are going to be able to pull from game film to get better."

Leading by three points at halftime, Tulsa came out after intermission and out-scored the Hornets 10-1 in the first seven minutes to take a 36-24 lead. A Tim Peete three-pointer gave the Hurricane that 12-point lead at the 12:44 mark of the second half. The closest ESU cut into Tulsa's lead was seven points with 10:03 remaining and at the 0:57 mark. Tulsa's biggest lead was 13 points twice, 45-32 at the 8:17 mark on a Scottie Haralson jumper and with 0:29 left in the game at 60-47.

Tulsa came out in the first half and took an early 4-0 lead as Smith scored the first two points of the game. The game was tied or the Hurricane led for all but 12 seconds in the first half. Tulsa jumped out to a 7-2 lead before Emporia State scored the next seven points to take a 9-7 lead with 14:23 left on the first half clock.

Tulsa retook the lead 12 seconds later and didn't relinquish the lead the remainder of the half. The Hurricane had its biggest first-half lead of five points at three different junctures in the first 20 minutes.

The first half ended with the Hurricane clinging to a 26-23 lead. Woodard led the way for Tulsa in the first half with seven points, while Smith was next with five points and a team-high of eight points. ESU's Terrence Moore had a high of six points in the first half.

The victory was the 28th consecutive exhibition win for the Hurricane and improved Tulsa's record in preseason games to 56-2 since the first exhibition was played in 1969.

Tulsa will have its' second exhibition game as a doubleheader with the TU women on Sunday, November 4, against Panhandle State. Game time for the women's game is 2 pm and the men following at approximately 4:30 pm.

The Danny Manning Era officially begins on Sunday, November 11, as the Hurricane opens the regular season against LSU Shreveport. Game time is 7 pm. Single-game tickets go on sale Nov. 3, online at www.TulsaHurricane.com and in person or by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688) on Monday, Nov. 5.