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Nov. 29, 2013

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - James Woodard scored 13 points and Rashad Smith tallied 11 points, but Tulsa fell to TCU, 72-65, in the semifinals of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Friday night at George M. Sullivan Arena.

Woodard also grabbed seven rebounds, and Marquel Curtis tallied nine rebounds and eight points to lead the Golden Hurricane (1-5) to a 38-34 advantage on the boards. In his most extensive playing time to date, freshman Stevie Repichowski scored seven points with a pair of 3-pointers in nine minutes. Amric Fields scored 18 points and Brandon Parrish scored 15 points to lead the Horned Frogs (4-2).

"TCU came out and had a very good first half. We didn't put up enough resistance (and trailed) 31-22 at the half," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "We came back and did some decent things in the second half, but not enough to overcome the lead that we gave up in the first half. We have to come out and have a much better first half in the game tomorrow."

The Hurricane nearly erased an 18-point deficit in the second period. TCU held a 31-22 advantage at the break, and extended its lead to 18 points - 49-31 - at the 12:45 mark. Over the next nine minutes, the Hurricane whittled the deficit down to five points with a 23-10 run, trailing just 59-54 with 3:47 remaining.

TU pulled as close as 65-61 after a 3-pointer by Woodard with 1:26 left, and trailed 68-64 following a dunk-and-free-throw play by Woodard with 0:40 remaining. TCU, however, made a pair of free throws and a late layup to close the game.

Tulsa and TCU were tied 12-12 at the 11:35 mark of the first half, and the Hurricane was shooting 50 percent from the field (6-of-12). TU made 4-of-15 field goals for the remainder of the period, and trailed 31-22 at the break.

Tulsa shot 40 percent from the field (24-of-60), made 13-of-22 free throws and recorded 16 assists and just nine turnovers. TCU shot 48 percent from the field (25-of-52), 17-of-29 from the free throw line, and committed 11 turnovers with 19 assists.

The Golden Hurricane will play Green Bay in the third-place game of the Great Alaska Shootout at 6 p.m. AKST/9 p.m. CST Saturday. The game will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network, on a tape-delayed basis at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

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