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Tulsa Opens 2013-14 Season at Home vs. Oral Roberts Sunday

Senior Pat Swilling Jr. and the Golden Hurricane open the 2013-14 season with the PSO Mayor's Cup game against Oral Roberts at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Senior Pat Swilling Jr. and the Golden Hurricane open the 2013-14 season with the PSO Mayor's Cup game against Oral Roberts at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
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Nov. 8, 2013

TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa men's basketball team opens the 2013-14 season Sunday when it plays host to crosstown rival Oral Roberts in the annual PSO Mayor's Cup showdown at 5 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

The Golden Hurricane and Golden Eagles will meet on the basketball court for the 49th time on Sunday, and for the second time in the series, the season opener will be an intra-city battle. TU has won four in a row against ORU, including a 72-68 victory at the Mabee Center last season.

The Last Meeting
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December 22, 2012
Tulsa, Okla. (at ORU)
Freshman James Woodard scored 18 second-half points as Tulsa overcame a 17-point deficit for a 72-68 road victory over cross-town rival Oral Roberts to retain the Mayor's Cup in front of 6,020 fans at the Mabee Center on Saturday afternoon.

TU fans are encouraged to wear white to the game for a TU WHITE-OUT. In addition, the TU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is encouraging fans to bring non-perishable and canned food items for the "Let's SAAC Hunger" food drive that will benefit the Eastern Oklahoma Community Food Bank.


Tickets for the game are available by visiting the TU Athletics Ticket Office in the Reynolds Center, by calling 631-GoTU (4688), or online at www.TulsaHurricane.com.

The Golden Hurricane is entering its second season under head coach Danny Manning. TU returned 10 players to the roster from last season, including eight athletes that averaged at least 10 minutes per game. Among that group are three seniors and seven sophomores. Senior guards Tim Peete, Pat Swilling Jr., and Barrett Hunter are beginning their final season with the Hurricane.

Leading the Tulsa sophomore group are guard James Woodard and forward D'Andre Wright, both C-USA all-freshman selections last season. Guard Shaquille Harrison is the only returning player to start all 33 games last year. Third-year forwards Rashad Smith and Brandon Swannegan, and second-year guards Rashad Ray and Nick Wood return for their sophomore seasons.

The only junior on the squad is junior college transfer guard Marquel Curtis, while junior college transfer forward Lew Evans rounds out the group of eight sophomores. Freshman guard Stevie Repichowski and forwards TK Edogi, Riley Kemmer and Emmanuel Ezechinonso look to make an impact in their first years with the Hurricane.

Tulsa leads the series against Oral Roberts 32-16. The Golden Hurricane has won four in a row in the series dating back to 2008, including a 72-68 victory at the Mabee Center on Dec. 22, 2012. The Hurricane came back to win that game last season after trailing by 17 points in the second half. Tulsa won the only other season-opening contest between the two schools, 50-43, at the Reynolds Center on Nov. 15, 2008.

TU won the last meeting at the Reynolds Center, an 83-68, victory on Nov. 16, 2010. The Hurricane has won five of the last six meetings since 2006 by an average of 9.8 points. ORU last won in 2007, an 84-70 home win. The Golden Eagles won three in a row from 2003-05. The first contest between TU and ORU took place on March 4, 1974 - an 85-84 Golden Hurricane win at Fairgrounds Pavilion. The Hurricane also won, 91-83, on March 6, 1975, in the Mabee Center. TU is 18-5 all-time vs. ORU at home, including 5-1 in the Reynolds Center.

Tulsa basketball season tickets are on sale starting as low as $150. Season tickets can be purchased by calling 631-GoTU (4688) or online at www.TulsaHurricane.com. In addition, information on special game-packages can be found at TulsaHurricane.com.

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