Brewer's Buzzer-Beating Lay-up Leads Tulsa Past SMU, 62-60
Feb. 21, 2002
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa's Candice Brewer hit a driving lay-up as the buzzer sounded to break a tie ball game and help the Golden Hurricane edge SMU, 62-60, in a thrilling comeback in front of 1,418 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
With the game knotted at 60-60 and with 12-seconds left in the game, SMU attempted to inbound the ball just inside the half-court line on its own sideline and hold for a last second shot to win the game. However, the pass was deflected toward the TU sideline by Brewer and the precocious sophomore called timeout with :09-seconds remaining in the game and set her team up for the last shot. After the timeout, Brewer took a pass, drove down the right side of the lane and shot the ball with two-tenths of a second showing on the clock. Her shot rattled around the rim and fell to give TU its 16th win of the season, tying the school record for single season wins set by the 1983-84 Hurricane squad. Tulsa improves to 16-10 overall and 11-5 in Western Athletic Conference play.
Senior Carla Morrow finished with 12 points and a game-high five assists, while Brewer added eight points. But it was sophomore Becky Heidotten who sparked Tulsa as she finished with 21 points, which tied her career-high, and a game-best 10 rebounds. Heidotten finished 7-of-9 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. TU outrebounded SMU, 45-31.
After falling behind the Mustangs, 27-23, at intermission, Tulsa cut the deficit to one point when sophomore Kayla Elliott was fouled and her shot found its mark. Elliott converted a free throw for the three-point play at Tulsa was back in business. However, SMU's Andrea Cossey and Kaci Alexander ignited an 8-0 run with back-to-back three-pointers and a pair of free throws. The Mustangs increased its lead to as many as 12 points on a lay-up by Tyesha Glover at the 13:00 minute mark.
Tulsa managed to trim the deficit to five points at 10:04 on a pair of Heidotten free throws, but SMU answered the call with three straight free throws. The Hurricane finally got within striking distance at 5:56 when senior Leela Farr drained consecutive free throw attempts to pull TU to within three points, 50-53. One of the biggest plays of the game came seconds later at 5:39 when Alexander was called for her fifth foul and left the game with a team-high 15 points for SMU. Morrow concluded an 11-3 Tulsa spurt with a three-pointer that tied the game with 4:15 showing on the clock. The contest would be tied up two more times down the stretch before Farr gave the Hurricane its first lead of the second half on a free throw with 47-seconds remaining. Moments later SMU's Jackee Brown tied the game when she hit 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. Brewer then missed a lay-up and SMU rebounded and looked to be in control, but Brewer's heroic steal gave new life to Tulsa in the final seconds.
Tulsa came out flat in the first half, shooting 29-percent from the field compared to SMU who was hitting at 48-percent. SMU's Alexander and Glover dominated inside as the duo connected on a combined 8-fo-12 attempts for 16 points. The Ponies broke the game open with 1:14 remaining before halftime when Cossey drained a trey and Alexander broke loose underneath for an easy bucket to help lead the Mustangs to a four-point advantage at the half.
Cossey and Brown each finished with 11 points each, while Glover added 10 points. And a team-high eight rebounds. SMU falls to 9-16 overall and 4-11 in conference play.
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