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Dec. 14, 2013

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NORMAN, Okla. - James Woodard scored 19 points, and Shaquille Harrison and Pat Swilling Jr. each scored 17 points to lead Tulsa, but the Golden Hurricane fell at Oklahoma 101-91 Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.

Harrison scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, and helped spark a late run by the Hurricane (3-7) that cut a 16-point deficit to six points with under a minute to play. Swilling connected on five 3-pointers and Harrison added five assists and five rebounds for TU, which shot 55 percent in the second half. Jordan Woodard scored 24 points and Buddy Hield scored 23 points to lead the Sooners (9-1), which shot 56 percent in the second half.

Tulsa made 48 percent of its field goals in the game (30-of-63), knocked down a season-high 12 3-pointers, made 19-of-30 free throws, and totaled 32 rebounds, 14 assists and committed just seven turnovers. Oklahoma, meanwhile, made 34 free throws in 48 attempts, also shot 48 percent (29-of-60), and totaled 43 rebounds and seven turnovers.

"In the first half, I thought good things. It was a close ballgame at halftime," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "(Oklahoma) came out in the second half and made some shots, got some rebounds and kind of created some distance in between us, and we couldn't close the gap. Hats off to them. They went out and they made the plays they needed to make to win the game."

The Hurricane nearly came back from down 16 points with 3:16 to play in the game, cutting the deficit to six points with 42 seconds remaining. Following a layup by Buddy Hield to give OU a 91-75 lead, Swilling sunk a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer to make the score 91-80 with 3:02 left and spark a 14-4 run.

Harrison followed with a layup and then two foul shots, and Woodard converted a three-point play on a layup, followed by two free throws to make the score 95-89. TU was as close as six with 0:32 remaining as Evans hit a layup after a pair of Oklahoma free throws. Late 3-point attempts by Tulsa did not fall, as OU scored the final four points of the game.

In the first half, Tulsa cut a 22-11 deficit to 22-15 at the 9:55 mark, before Oklahoma extended its lead to 29-17 with 8:21 left in the half.

The Hurricane trailed 35-26 with 3:08 on the clock, but closed the half with a 12-5 run. Woodard kicked-started the spurt with a 3-pointer, followed by a three from Evans and a layup by Peete. Swilling knocked down a 3-pointer with 0:11 to make the score, 40-38, OU at the half.

The second half began with a furious scoring rally, as Tulsa trailed 57-51 by the first media timeout at the 14:27 mark. Oklahoma used an 11-4 run to take a 62-51 lead with 13:49 remaining. The Hurricane cut the deficit back to six points on a jumper by Rashad Smith, making the score 64-58 with 11:35 to play.

Oklahoma then scored nine straight points to extend its lead back to 15. The Sooners' lead grew to 18 points, 87-69, with 5:03 left in the game, and held a double-digit advantage until Tulsa's late run.

The Golden Hurricane returns home Wednesday to play host to Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

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