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Tulsa Falls to Florida State, 82-63, in Orange Bowl Classic

Pat Swilling Jr. led Tulsa with 19 points
Pat Swilling Jr. led Tulsa with 19 points
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Dec. 29, 2012

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Pat Swilling, Jr., and Scottie Haralson each scored season highs with 19 and 17, respectively, but Tulsa fell to Florida State, 82-63, Saturday afternoon in the 2012 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at the BB&T Center.

Haralson tallied all 17 points in the second half for the Golden Hurricane, which dropped to 7-6 on the season. Michael Snaer scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures for the Seminoles (8-4).

Tulsa shot 39 percent from the field, including 46 percent from three-point range. Florida State shot 46 percent, including 57 percent in the second half, and outrebounded TU 44-32.

"The first half was fairly close. We played pretty good first-shot defense, and in the second half they were able to get into the paint, shoot lay-ups, and they did a great job on the offensive glass [with] second chance points," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "We as a team have to do better and try to take care of the basketball and box out because anytime you give up 24 points off turnovers and 13 second chance points, that makes a tall order for you on the offensive end."

Swilling hit his career-high with five three-pointers and totaled 17 points in the first half, as the Hurricane took a five-point lead. James Woodard, who finished with eight points, hit a three-pointer to give TU a 21-16 lead. TU led 27-22 with 5:34 left in the half after Swilling knocked down a pair of threes in a three-pointer tradeoff with FSU's Snaer and Terry Whisnant II. The Seminoles retook the lead and made a jumper at the buzzer to capture a 36-33 advantage going into the locker room at the half.

Florida State used runs of nine, eight and seven points in the second half to pull away to the 82-63 final score. The game stayed close early after the break, as Tulsa tied the score, 42-42, at the 16:44 mark, and trailed 46-44 with 14:56 remaining. The Seminoles, however used a 9-0 run to go ahead, 55-44, and after the Hurricane cut the deficit down to seven, FSU used an 8-0 run to take its lead back to 15 at 64-49. TU trailed, 72-59, before a 7-0 spurt gave FSU a 79-59 lead with 1:09 left in the game.

With five three-pointers, Haralson became just the fifth player in TU history to record 200 career three-pointers. He now has 204 career threes, and sits in fifth place, behind the 227 made three-pointers by Justin Hurtt from 2007-11.

The Golden Hurricane returns home for the first time in three-and-a-half weeks Wednesday, Jan. 2, when it plays host to Buffalo at 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

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