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Tulsa Drops Alaska Shootout Finale to Green Bay, 67-59

Rashad Smith scored 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Hurricane on Saturday.
Rashad Smith scored 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Hurricane on Saturday.
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Dec. 1, 2013

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Rashad Smith recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Tulsa, but the Golden Hurricane fell to Green Bay, 67-59, Saturday night at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Friday night at George M. Sullivan Arena.

The Hurricane completed the Shootout with a 1-2 record and a fourth-place finish as it fell to 1-6 on the season. TU returns to its home court for the first time in two weeks Wednesday when it plays host to Texas Southern at 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

"Green Bay came out and they played a very good ballgame. They did a very good job of playing first-shot defense on us and rebounding well," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "For us, we have to continue to work and get better. Going into half, being up three, I thought we could have come out with a little more fire in the second half. We were able to get the ball to certain places on the court that we like, we just have to do a better job of rewarding ourselves and finishing the buckets.

Tulsa extended its 29-26 halftime lead to 31-26 with a pair of free throws early in the second half by Lew Evans, who finished with five points, two assists and two blocks.

The teams alternated baskets, including a 3-pointer by James Woodard and a layup by Smith until the Hurricane led 36-31 at the 18:12 mark. Woodard ended the night with nine points, six rebounds and three steals, aiding TU in totaling 10 steals for the game.

Green Bay (4-2) tied the game at 38-38 with 13:54 remaining, and took a 51-46 lead with 7:47 on the clock. The Phoenix led 59-54 with 2:24 to play, before Marquel Curtis converted a layup to cut the deficit to three with 1:55 remaining. Sykes, who led GB with 25 points, scored the final eight Phoenix points on foul shots. Smith made three free throws in that stretch to reach the 67-59 final.

Tulsa shot 30 percent from the field (18-of-60), made 6-of-19 3-point attempts, and converted on 17-of-21 free throws for a season-high 81 percent from the stripe. The Hurricane was outrebounded for the first time in the tournament, as the Phoenix took a 46-33 advantage on the boards. Green Bay shot 37 percent from the field (22-of-59), making 4-of-14 3-pointers and 19-of-24 free throws.

The Golden Hurricane erased an early 6-2 deficit with an 8-0 run to move ahead, 10-6. Pat Swilling Jr., who finished with eight points, capped the run with a 3-pointer. Tulsa's lead grew to 19-14 after a 3-pointer by Stevie Repichowski with 6:50 left in the half. The TU lead reached its peak after Smith converted a pair of free throws with 2:47 in the half to make the score 25-19. The Hurricane took a 29-26 advantage into the break.

"They've definitely talked about the weather," Manning said of the TU players' experience in Alaska. "We had a chance on one of the earlier days we were here to do a little bus tour and take in a few of the sights and learn about some of the culture and history here. Our strength and conditioning coach took a picture of a moose across the street from our hotel. It was a great experience, in terms of coming up here and being a part of this tournament. We were very fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity."

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