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Basketball Falls at Missouri State, 96-93

Sophomore Shaquille Harrison scored 16 points in the second half and led TU with 21 points for the game, but the Golden Hurricane fell at Missouri State, 96-93, Saturday.
Sophomore Shaquille Harrison scored 16 points in the second half and led TU with 21 points for the game, but the Golden Hurricane fell at Missouri State, 96-93, Saturday.
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Nov. 16, 2013

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Shaquille Harrison scored 21 points, including 16 in the second half, but it was not enough as the Tulsa basketball team fell to Missouri State, 96-93, Saturday evening at JQH Arena.

The Golden Hurricane (0-2) led 43-39 at the half and 76-74 with 6:00 remaining, but the Bears (2-0) broke a 77-77 tie and held on to the lead for the remainder of the game.

Rashad Smith scored 19 points and D'Andre Wright had 11 points for the Hurricane, which shot 49 percent from the field, making 29-of-59 shots. TU also connected on 79 percent of its free throws, going 30-38 from the line. Smith alone made 9-of-11 free throw attempts.

Missouri State shot 50 percent from the field (27-of-54) making nine 3-pointers, and was led in scoring by Dorrian Williams, who finished with 20 points. The Bears made 33-of-49 free throws, and held a 38-33 rebounding advantage.

"Missouri State made more plays than us down the stretch," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "We go into halftime with a lead, and they come out in the second half, drive the basketball and get to the free throw line, and we're not able to stay in front of them. We have to do a better job defensively of moving our feet and staying in front, and also boxing out. They really hurt us on the offensive glass and got 19 second chance points. It's too hard to win games when we give up that many second-chance points."

Tulsa opened up an early 7-3 lead, and after Missouri State went ahead 19-18, used a 7-1 run to take a 25-20 advantage. The TU lead grew as large as eight points, 43-35 at the 1:24 mark of the period, and the Hurricane took a 43-39 advantage into the break.

The Golden Hurricane opened up a 10-point lead early in the second half, taking a 51-41 advantage at the 18:19 mark. Following an MSU basket, Lew Evans knocked down his third 3-pointer of the game, Smith got a lay-in and Wright hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to push the lead to 10 points.

The Bears closed to 52-49, but the Hurricane used a 6-1 spurt to extend its lead back to 58-50. TU led 67-62, but an 8-3 MSU run tied the score at 70-70 with 7:36 remaining. It was the first time the teams were tied since 35-35 at the 2:42 mark of the first half.

A jumper by Jarmar Gulley with 6:20 remaining put Missouri State ahead 74-72, giving the Bears their first lead since 19-18 with 9:45 left in the first half.

Tulsa scored four straight points on a layup by Harrison and a steal and fastbreak dunk by James Woodard to retake the lead, 76-74. That would be the last score advantage of the game for the Hurricane, as Missouri State got a tip-in from Keith Pickens to move ahead, 79-77.

The Bears built a six-point lead at 91-85 with 1:58 on the clock. Tulsa closed to 92-91 on a running jumper by Harrison with 00:27 left, and again to 94-93 on a tip-in by Smith with 00:13 remaining. The tip-in, however, was the last basket by TU, and MSU made two free throws down the stretch to make the score 96-93.

The Golden Hurricane plays host to No. 16 Wichita State Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

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