Golden Hurricane Drops Narrow 77-67 Decision To WSU
Dec. 7, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa men's basketball team dropped a 77-67 decision to long-time rival Wichita State University Wednesday night at Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Tulsa (4-6) was led by junior guard Scottie Haralson and sophomore guard Jordan Clarkson, who each scored 18 points. Haralson was 6-for-10 from behind the three-point line, and Clarkson nailed three trey's and ended the game 6-for-16 from the field.
Tulsa shot 44 percent from the field on 22-for-50 shooting, and the Golden Hurricane drained 10-of-19 from behind the three-point line (53 percent). TU was 13-for-23 from the free-throw line (57 percent).
The Shockers (6-2) had six players score in double figures, including all five starters. Toure' Murry led the way with 17 points, and Garrett Stutz added 15 points and seven rebounds. Carl Hall, Joe Ragland and Ben Smith all tallied 11 points, and David Kyles added 10.
Wichita State shot 52 percent from the field (24-for-46), 46 percent from behind the arc (6-for-13) and 82 percent from the charity stripe (23-for-28).
The two teams jockeyed for position in the early going, and neither team held more than a four-point advantage until the 4:07 mark of the opening half, when Clarkson drained a three to hand the home side a 36-31 advantage.
Peete drilled a trey on the next possession to push TU ahead 39-31, and Wichita State ended the half on a 6-2 run to trail the Golden Hurricane 41-37 entering the break.
Tulsa was able to push its lead to eight at 51-43 early in the second, but WSU mounted a quick comeback to take the lead at 55-54 with 10:20 to play.
TU regained the lead two minutes later on the strength of a pair of free throws from Peete, but Murry made a layup on WSU's next possession, and the Shockers ran away with the game in the final seven minutes as the home team went cold from the field.
Tulsa will take a 10-day break for finals and will play host to UT-Arlington at 6 p.m. Dec. 17. The game will mark the first with the new video board that will be installed at Reynolds Center over the course of the next 10 days.
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