Arkansas-Little Rock Hands Tulsa 62-51 Loss
Dec. 1, 2007
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Ben Uzoh had a game-high 21 points, but it wasn't enough for Tulsa as the UALR Trojans handed the Golden Hurricane a 62-51 loss in front of 3,976 fans at Jack Stephens Center.
Uzoh added 10 rebounds, while senior Calvin Walls also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Glenn Andrews, who was returning from a thigh injury that sidelined him for nearly all of the ORU game last Tuesday, also tallied 10 points.
UALR's Derrick Bails led three double-figure scorers for UALR with 13 points.
UALR improved to 6-1, while Tulsa dropped to 2-3 on the season.
It was a game that saw defense and poor shooting take center stage. Tulsa shot 31-percent in the first half from the field and just 16-percent from three-point range. But, UALR wasn't much better shooting 36 and 15 percent for the game.
"We took the lead at 29-28 after fighting from behind the whole game. We came out in the second half and couldn't get things going inside. We didn't shoot the ball well and we're not rebounding the ball very well right now," said Wojcik.
"On the perimeter, it's tough, we need our seniors Brett and Rod to play better and not shoot 1-15 from the field. You have to give UALR a lot of credit. They have a good team. We have to establish ourselves inside and we weren't able to do that," added Wojcik.
Tulsa scored the first two points of the game on a layup by Uzoh, but when UALR's Rashad Moss hit a three-pointer to put the Trojans ahead 5-2 at the 18:41 mark, the Hurricane would only lead one more time in the game.
The Trojans built an 11-point lead at the 10:59 mark of the first half at 17-6, but the Hurricane battled back outscoring the home team 10-0 over the final 5:22 of the half to go into intermission tied at 23.
Tulsa's scoring run to close out the first half started with a three-pointer from Uzoh, followed by seven straight points from Walls on three layups and one free throw. Uzoh had 11 first-half points, while Walls added nine points.
UALR scored the first five points of the second half taking a 28-23 lead in the first two minutes. Tulsa's Rod Earls, returning to his home town, scored his only two points of the game on a jumper at the 14:18 mark, giving the Hurricane a 29-28 lead at the 14:18 mark.
The Hurricane then went on a three-minute drought as UALR took a seven-point lead, 36-29, at the 11:34 mark of the second half. Andrews' three-pointer 0:20 later cut the lead to four points. Another Andrews' trey got Tulsa as close as it would get at 41-39 with 7:37 left on the clock.
UALR then went on a 13-3 scoring run to build a 54-42 lead with just under three minutes left to play. In the final 2:35, UALR converted six of seven free throws and took a 16-point lead twice in the final minutes. Tulsa scored the final five points of the game to cut UALR's final margin of victory to 11 points.
"We were ready to play. We fought through and tied it up in the first half, then take the lead, and then the counter-punch took place and we didn't respond. If our older guys don't get it done, we become a very young team.
"We got back to where we wanted to be defensively tonight, but it was the offense that hurt us tonight with the turnovers and a lack of shooting," said Wojcik.
Tulsa plays again on the road Wednesday night against the Oklahoma Sooners at Lloyd Noble Center on the TU campus.
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