Fourth Quarter Comeback Not Enough as Tulsa Falls to A-Game Hoops, 102-92
Aug. 18, 2012
TORONTO - Tulsa scored 31 points in the fourth quarter, but the comeback came up short as the Golden Hurricane fell to A-Game Hoops, 102-92, Saturday afternoon at Seneca Gym in the finale of its Canada summer exhibition tour.
Sophomore forward Rashad Smith led the Golden Hurricane with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and hit a pair of three-pointers. Freshman guard James Woodard tallied 12 points and four rebounds, and junior guard Pat Swilling, Jr., scored 11 points. Senior forward Kauri Black and freshman forward D'Andre Wright added 10 points apiece for TU. Tut Rauch and Andry Sola led A-Game Hoops with 24 and 21 points, respectively.
"Going 3-1 on the trip, getting the chance to get into our on-the-road routine, and seeing how guys play against different competition, was good for us as a staff," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "We'll go back, we'll watch tape, we'll mull numbers, and just see what we have to do on our end to help our team get better."
Tulsa shot 44 percent (32-of-73) from the field, including 50 percent in the second half, and made 39 percent (7-of-18) of its three-point attempts. TU also connected on 21-of-24 free throws (88 percent). A-Game Hoops made 55 percent of its field goals (33-of-60), including 63 percent of its three-pointers (22-of-35).
Tulsa trailed 55-36 at halftime, cut the deficit to 15 points at 76-61 by the end of the third quarter, and found itself down, 90-68, with 6:15 left in the game.
The Hurricane then went on a 14-0 run to cut the deficit to eight points with 3:45 remaining. Swilling knocked down a pair of threes, and within a span of 46 seconds, TU scored four consecutive layups to make the score, 90-82. That was as close as Tulsa got, however, and fell short in the end, 102-92.
TU scored 18 points in each of the first two periods, and was led by Smith's 12 points, while Black and Woodard had five points each in the first half. A-Game Hoops made seven three-pointers in the first quarter to take a 30-18 lead, and hit five three-pointers in the second period to lead, 55-36, at halftime.
The Golden Hurricane played four games in four days on its Canada summer exhibition tour, and turned in a 3-1 record. The team will return to Tulsa on Sunday.
The 2012-13 season officially tips off Nov. 11 when Tulsa plays host to LSU Shreveport at 7:05 p.m.
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