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Oct. 25, 2012

TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa fans will get their first chance to watch the new edition of the Golden Hurricane basketball team, under first-year head coach Danny Manning, Saturday when TU plays host to Emporia State in an exhibition game at 3:05 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Tulsa returns five players from the 2011-12 roster, including senior guard Scottie Haralson, junior guard Tim Peete and sophomore forward Rashad Smith. Haralson is the lone returning starter from last year's squad. He averaged 11.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.9 three-pointers made per game. Peete averaged 5.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 26.9 minutes off the bench, and started 10 games. Smith averaged 0.8 points and 0.7 rebounds in 4.9 minutes off the bench. TU also returns senior guard Jamie Booker, and redshirt freshman forward Brandon Swannegan.



The Golden Hurricane welcomes eight new players to its roster for the 2012-13 season. Senior forward Kauri Black (6-8, 218) transferred to Tulsa after graduating in three years from Northeastern University, where he averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Junior guard Pat Swilling, Jr. (6-2, 210) came to Tulsa from the College of Southern Idaho, where the New Orleans native averaged 12.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest.

Freshman guard Shaquille Harrison (6-3, 175), from Lee's Summit West High School in Kansas City, Mo., averaged 17.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.2 steals per game as a senior. Freshman forward Zeldric King (6-7, 265) averaged 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds as a senior at Cedar Hill High School in Dallas. Freshman guard Rashad Ray (5-11, 175) averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 assists and 3.0 steals as a senior at O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans.

Freshman guard James Woodard, from Memorial High School in Edmond, Okla., averaged 16.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in leading his team to the Class 6A state championship game as a senior. Freshman forward D'Andre Wright, from Eisenhower High School in Lawton, Okla., averaged 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds and shot 60 percent from the field as a senior. Freshman guard Nick Wood, from Tulsa, led Cascia Hall to the Oklahoma Class 4A state semifinals as a senior.

Tulsa and Emporia State have played three times in their basketball history. While Saturday's contest is an exhibition, all three previous games, played between 1915 and 1939, were official games. Emporia State leads the series, 2-1. the Golden Hurricane defeated the Hornets, 25-17, in 1915 in Kendall Gym. ESU won the 1935 game, 38-19, in Winfield, Kan., and the 1939 meeting, 37-25, at the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City.

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