TU Plays Host to Missouri State Wednesday
Dec. 4, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa basketball team returns to action on Wednesday after a six-day break when it plays host to Missouri State at 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The Golden Hurricane (4-3) and Bears (2-5) are meeting for the fifth straight year. The former Missouri Valley Conference rivals have split the last four meetings, with each team winning on its home floor.
The contest will be broadcast on KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM, and www.TulsaHurricane.com. Tickets for the game are available through the TU Athletics Ticket Office online at TulsaHurricane.com, by calling 631-GoTU (4688), or in person at the Reynolds Center Ticket Office. Single game tickets can be purchased for $10, $14, $19, $29 and $39.
The Golden Hurricane averages 73.1 points and 38.0 rebounds per game, and shoots 47 percent from the field, 34 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the free throw line. TU allows 66.0 points and 32.9 rebounds per contest, as well as a .407 field goal percentage and a .346 three-point percentage. The Bears average 64.7 points and 35.3 rebounds per game, making 39 percent of field goals, 28 percent of three-pointers and 60 percent of free throws. MSU allows 63.1 points, 36.1 rebounds, and a .430 field goal percentage.
Freshman guard James Woodard leads the Golden Hurricane, averaging 16.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, while shooting 53 percent from the floor. Senior guard Scottie Haralson averages 10.1 points and 2.6 three-pointers per contest. Freshman guard Rashad Ray and freshman forward D'Andre Wright each score 7.9 points per game, while Ray adds 1.7 assists per game, and Wright adds 5.9 rebounds. Senior forward Kauri Black puts up 7.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest
The Bears won last season, 69-64, in overtime in Springfield, while the Golden Hurricane won, 62-50, in 2010 at the Reynolds Center, and the Bears took the contest in 2009, 83-75, in Springfield. Tulsa also defeated Missouri State, 70-67, in 2008. TU has won 12 of the last 15 meetings by an average of 9.8 points, while MSU has an average margin of victory of 6.0 points in its three wins in that stretch.
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