After dropping two heartbreaking overtime losses recently, Tulsa needed to make a statement against SMU.
Brett McDade's jumper with no time remaining Saturday gave Tulsa a 72-71 victory over SMU on Saturday night.
Glenn Andrews scored 24 points off the bench for the Golden Hurricane (9-6, 1-2 Conference USA) in a game that featured lead changes on four consecutive possessions in the final 1:02.
Jon Killen led SMU (6-10, 0-3) with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, and Papa Dia came off the bench to score 18 on 7-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds.
The Mustangs went ahead 71-70 on two free throws by Derrick Roberts with seven seconds left before McDade beat them on the other end.
The back-and-forth exchange in the final minute started with a 3-pointer by Killen that put SMU ahead 69-68 with 1:02 remaining. Tulsa nearly ran out the shot clock on the next possession before Jerome Jordan rebounded a missed shot and scored for a 70-69 lead with 28 seconds left.
The Golden Hurricane led by eight at 46-38 when Glenn Andrews hit a 3-pointer with 15:07 remaining, but SMU chipped away, taking its first lead at 55-53 on a Killen jumper with 10:56 remaining.
Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the field, including from 3-point range.