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Aug. 16, 2012

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St. Catharines, Ontario - The Tulsa basketball team played its first competition under first-year Head Coach Danny Manning, and defeated Brock University, 90-44, Wednesday evening at Bob Davis Court in the first of four games on the Canada summer exhibition tour.

Sophomore forward Rashad Smith led the Golden Hurricane with 22 points in 22 minutes of action, while senior guard Scottie Haralson add 18 points in 22 minutes and sank four three-pointers. Redshirt freshman forward Brandon Swannegan scored 10 points for TU. Eleven of the 13 players that saw action played at least 10 minutes, and all 11 scored for TU.

"I thought we did some things pretty well. I thought we played with good effort for the most part," Manning said. "We still made too many mental mistakes. We need to clean those up. We have to do a better job of rebounding the basketball, and also sharing the ball. It was our first game. We have a lot we can learn from this, and hopefully continue to build. Overall, I think the guys played well."

Tulsa shot 51 percent from the floor (38-of-74), including 65 percent in the second half. The Hurricane outrebounded the Badgers, 49-39, and dished 18 assists against just 13 turnovers. TU forced 27 Brock turnovers, fueled by 21 steals.

The Golden Hurricane pulled away from the Badgers with a 16-2 run in the first quarter, and ended the period with a 21-12 lead. The Hurricane continued to hold Brock scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second quarter, while building a 39-12 advantage.

TU led Brock at the half, 41-22.

Tulsa continued its run in the second half, extending its lead to 25 points by the 6:44 mark of the third quarter at 47-22. The Hurricane then surged to a 34-point lead by the end of the period. TU outscored Brock, 26-11, in the third quarter to take a 67-33 into the final period.

The Golden Hurricane opened the fourth quarter on an 11-4 run, and ran away with the 46-point, 90-44 victory.

"Rashad made some plays tonight and did some good things for us," said Manning. "Scottie bailed us out a couple of times when he raised up and knocked down key shots. D'Andre (Wright) rebounded the ball pretty well. He chased the ball down and did a good job there. All of our guys at some point throughout the course of the game showed some flashes that were very exciting for us."

Trip Update

TU arrived in Toronto on Tuesday and went through a quick workout at the Ryerson University gym. Wednesday, the Golden Hurricane traveled around Lake Ontario, and down to Niagara Falls. The team toured the falls, taking in the beautiful scenery, and watched a short video on how the falls were formed. The "Niagara's Fury" presentation included the video and a simulated experience of what it is like inside and above the 167-foot "Horseshoe" Falls and 176-foot American and Bridal Veil Falls. The Hurricane stayed in the Niagara region to play Brock University in St. Catharines Wednesday evening.

Thursday, Tulsa will receive a guided tour of Toronto before playing Ryerson University at 6 p.m. CT. Live video will be available for the game, and can be found at http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=22300&ATCLID=205033644.

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