Tulsa Hangs on For First Road Win Since Jan. ‘10

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:10 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Jan 22, 2011 5:1 PM CDT

Stephany Speck
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS -- The Tulsa Golden Hurricane was barely able to hang on to its lead to edge the Tulane Green Wave, 65-61.

The victory marked TU’s first road game win since Jan. 30 of last year, when the Golden Hurricane beat Central Florida 55-50 in Orlando. Tulsa’s currently 1-5 on the road this season and has dropped 12 of its last 14 away games.

TU held a healthy 11-point margin over Tulane at halftime, Bryson Pope having scored 10 of his 16 points of the day, but Tulane chipped away at Tulsa’s lead in throughout the second half.

The Green Wave’s Kendall Timmons hit a layup with 8:47 left to narrow the lead to 47-46. Tulsa answered back, building their lead back to seven points with a three by Scottie Haralson, a dunk by Joe Richard and a quick jumper by Steven Idlet.

The lead didn’t last long though, as Tulane again inched back in the game, battling back to a one-point deficit when Johnny Mayhane hit a long three to make it 56-55.

Tulsa’s Justin Hurtt hit two free throws, while Haralson hit one shot at the charity line, bringing their lead back to four points. Tulane was again nipping at TU’s heels when Kris Richard hit a three with 53 seconds left on the clock, bringing the score to 59-58.

Tulane got into some late-game foul trouble, sending the Golden Hurricane to the free throw line, where the team averages 75.2 percent in conference play. Pope, Jordan Clarkson and Hurtt each hit two free throws, bringing Tulsa’s lead to 65-58.

Mayhane hit his last shot of the game, landing a 3-pointer to bring the Green Wave to within four points, but with only four seconds left in the game, Tulane was out of time.

Mayhane finished the game with six points and four rebounds. Teammate Timmons led all scorers with 19 points and 14 rebounds, Richard contributed 15, and Callahan added 13 for the Green Wave.

Tulsa’s Pope led the Golden Hurricane with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists, Haralson finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Hurtt added 11 points. Idlet led the team in boards, recording nine rebounds and 10 points. Clarkson finished the game with 11 points.

Tulsa will host Southern Methodist University Jan. 26 at 7:05 p.m.