Late Foul Trouble Plagues Tulsa for Loss

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:09 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Jan 19, 2011 11:13 PM CDT

Stephany Speck
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

HOUSTON, Texas -- The Tulsa Golden Hurricane fell to the Houston Cougars 64-57, despite a 47-point output by three of Tulsa’s top scorers.

Justin Hurtt’s 20 points, Steven Idlet’s 14 and Bryson Pope’s 13 weren’t enough to overcome double-digit games by four of Houston’s players.

The Golden Hurricane (9-9, 2-2) was neck-and-neck with the Cougars with less than four minutes remaining in the game, but Houston was able to pull ahead for the win when Tulsa failed to produce any more offense other than a lone dunk by Idlet.

Idlet ended the game with a double-double, recording 12 rebounds along with his double-figure game. On defense, the Golden Hurricane once again held its opponent to under 50 percent from the field. The Cougars shot only 38 percent. Despite their efforts on offense, foul trouble plagued TU late in the game.

Following Idlet’s dunk, which narrowed the Cougars’ lead to only 58-57, Houston pulled ahead. Adam Brown it a layup and Zamal Nixon hit four consecutive free throws in the final minute of the game.

The Golden Hurricane will look to rebound from the loss in Houston when the team travels to Tulane Jan. 22.