Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:32 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Jan 26, 2011 9:13 PM CDT

EPIC FAIL.</p>Tulsa was out to a 13-2 lead against SMU Wednesday night andgradually let it slip away. The Mustangs went on a little run here, a littlerun there, and wore Tulsa down. </p>TU led by nine at halftime and came out in the second halfwith no life. Justin Hurtt and Bryson Pope were the only guys hitting shots andthe Golden Hurricane couldn&rsquo;t stop ANYTHING on defense. SMU blew past them andbuilt a 7-point lead in a flash. </p>Then SMU forgot how to shoot. The Mustangs went eightminutes without scoring and Tulsa was able to take the lead on a Hurtt jumperwith just a few seconds to play.ALL THAT DESPITE Tulsa missing nearly everyfree throw it shot. </p>Robert Nyakundi killed the comeback by making a baseline 3-pointerwith 1.1 seconds left to give the Mustangs a 59-58 lead. Tulsa threw away theinbounds pass and lost a heartbreaker. </p>The moral of the story is THAT CAN&rsquo;T HAPPEN. Tulsa had won10 in a row against the Mustangs. They&rsquo;d won five in a row at home. They aretrying to win the league. </p>They won&rsquo;t if they play like THAT. AT HOME! Against the SMUMUSTANGS! </p>Tulsa had high hopes before the season began that they&rsquo;d bethe ones to knock off UTEP and Memphis and reign over the league. They thoughtthey could make the NCAA tournament. </p>They still can. But, not if they can&rsquo;t hit precious freethrows AT HOME against weak competition. Now they Golden Hurricane is lookingup at garbage opponents. They are better than many of the teams ahead of themin the standings, but have very little proof. </p>Tulsa can still turn heads. It just can&rsquo;t afford to giveaway easy wins like they did Wednesday night. </p>