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TU Closes Out Regular Season at Rice Saturday

Freshman Shaquille Harrison and the Golden Hurricane conclude the regular season with a 7 p.m. Saturday contest at Rice.
Freshman Shaquille Harrison and the Golden Hurricane conclude the regular season with a 7 p.m. Saturday contest at Rice.
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March 8, 2013

HOUSTON - The Tulsa basketball team closes out the regular season on the road Saturday night when it takes on Conference USA rival Rice at 7 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.

This is the second meeting this season between the Golden Hurricane (15-14, 7-8 C-USA) and Owls (5-24, 1-14 C-USA). The teams last met on Jan. 12 in Tulsa where TU claimed a 64-51 victory. Saturday's game will be broadcast on KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM in Tulsa, and on www.TulsaHurricane.com.

The Last Meeting
January 12, 2013
Reynolds Center
Tulsa Outlasts Rice 64-51
Tulsa outscored the Rice Owls by 20 points in the second half to capture a 64-51 Conference USA victory in front of 4,521 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Saturday. The Hurricane improved to 10-7 on the season and 2-1 in C-USA play, while the Owls dropped to 3-12 and 0-2.

The Hurricane is fighting for the fifth seed and final bye slot in the C-USA Championships that will be held next week at the BOK Center in Tulsa. TU is tied with UAB in that position.

Freshman guard James Woodard leads the active Golden Hurricane players in scoring, averaging 12.0 points, with 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Senior guard Scottie Haralson averages 10.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Pat Swilling Jr., averages 10.6 points, freshman forward D'Andre Wright averages 8.3 points and 5.0 rebounds and freshman guard Rashad Ray averages 7.7 points. Senior forward Kauri Black puts up 7.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest, while freshman guard Shaquille Harrison adds 2.9 assists and 6.6 points.

The Golden Hurricane averages 67.6 points and 36.6 rebounds per game, and shoots 43 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line. TU allows 67.2 points and 35.1 rebounds per contest, as well as a .403 field goal percentage and a .322 three-point percentage.



Rice averages 59.9 points and 25.5 rebounds per game, shooting .398 from the field, .329 from downtown and .729 at the free throw line. The Owls' opponents average 70.7 points and 37.7 rebounds per contest, with a .488 field goal percentage and a .364 three-point percentage. Tamir Jackson leads Rice with 16.9 points, 5.9 rebounds 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Max Guercy contributes 10.0 points, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per contest, and Julian DeBose adds 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds.

This is the 33rd meeting between Tulsa and Rice. Tulsa leads the series 26-6, and has won the last 13 games. The Golden Hurricane claimed a 64-51 victory in the first meeting of the season in Tulsa back on Jan. 12. The last Rice win came on Feb. 12, 2005, a 71-64 overtime victory for the Owls. The last Rice win in Houston came in the same year. Tulsa has not lost since in the series against Rice. In the 12-game winning streak, Tulsa has outscored the Owls 70.3 to 56.6 points. The Hurricane is 8-5 in Houston against the Owls and has a 3-0 mark in neutral site games.

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