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Dec. 21, 2012

TULSA, Okla. - On Saturday, Tulsa will make the short trek to 81st and Lewis and renew the Mayor's Cup rivalry with Oral Roberts when the cross-town foes meet for the 48th time on the basketball court at 2 p.m. at the Mabee Center.

The Golden Hurricane (6-5) and Golden Eagles (5-5) are playing for the first time in two seasons, since TU claimed an 83-68 victory at the Reynolds Center on Nov. 16, 2010. The game can be heard on KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM and www.TulsaHurricane.com.

The Last Meeting
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November 16, 2010
Reynolds Center
Tulsa Prevails Over Oral Roberts, 83-68
Center Steven Idlet and point guard Jordan Clarkson, limited to a combined 11 minutes in the first half by foul trouble, returned to lead Tulsa to an 83-68 victory over cross-town rival Oral Roberts on Tuesday as part of ESPN's Tip-Off marathon.

Tulsa has won each of the last three meetings between the two schools, and holds a 31-16 advantage in the rivalry, which dates to 1974 - a thrilling 85-84 TU win at Fairgrounds Pavilion. The Golden Hurricane is looking to rebound from a 71-54 defeat at No. 13 Creighton on Wednesday and stop a two-game skid, while ORU is coming off an 89-64 loss at No. 4 Arizona on Tuesday, but has won two of its last three contests.


"Oral Roberts is playing very good basketball," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "They're well-coached. Scott (Sutton) is doing a wonderful job as always. They're shooting the ball exceptionally well. It'll be a fun game, a fun atmosphere. We look forward to going over there and competing."

Senior guard Scottie Haralson and junior guard Tim Peete are the only two current members of the Golden Hurricane that have played in a game against ORU.

"This is a rivalry to me, because I've played them before. I know this is a really important rivalry to the people here in the community," Haralson said. "This is my first time playing in the Mabee Center, but we beat them my sophomore year here (at the Reynolds Center). A lot of people showed up, and they respect the rivalry. We have to come out ready to play."

Freshman guard James Woodard leads the active Golden Hurricane players in scoring, averaging 13.7 points, with 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, while shooting 48 percent from the floor. Haralson averages 8.9 points and 2.3 three-pointers per contest. Freshman forward D'Andre Wright scores 8.7 points per game with 5.2 rebounds, and freshman guard Rashad Ray averages 7.4 points. Senior forward Kauri Black puts up 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Pat Swilling, Jr., has averaged 7.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in his four games back on the court.

The Golden Hurricane averages 67.5 points and 37.0 rebounds per game, and shoots 45 percent from the field, 32 percent from three-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line. TU allows 63.3 points and 32.2 rebounds per contest, as well as a .408 field goal percentage and a .344 three-point percentage.

Oral Roberts averages 69.2 points per game, a .451 field goal percentage, a .391 three-point percentage and a .754 free throw percentage, and allows opponents to score 66.6 points per game and shoot 44 percent from the field and 31 percent from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles outrebound opponents 37.0 to 30.9. Warren Niles leads ORU in scoring with 21.0 points per game, and is followed by Shawn Glover, who scores 12.0 points, and Steven Roundtree, who scores 10.6 points per contest. Damen Bell-Holter leads ORU with 8.3 rebounds per game and adds 9.7 points.

"I know TU has had some very good teams in the past, and I know ORU has as well, especially with the late Coach (Ken) Trickey," Manning said. "It's a game for bragging rights in the city. It's a game for a lot of interest in our city. We just have to come out and play, enjoy the moment and figure out a way to get a win."

TU is 13-11 all-time vs. ORU in the Mabee Center. The Golden Hurricane won the last meeting in the Mabee Center, a 57-52, victory on Jan. 20, 2010. Tulsa has also won four of the last five meetings since 2006 by an average of 11.3 points. ORU last won in 2007, an 84-70 home victory. The Golden Eagles won three in a row from 2003-05. The Hurricane won the first two meetings in the series, also winning, 91-83, on March 6, 1975, in the Mabee Center.

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