Jan. 23, 2013
HOUSTON - Tulsa used an 11-2 run to start the second half and broke open a close game on the way to an 87-72 win against the University of Houston Men's Basketball team on Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars trailed 37-23 late in the first half but closed out the opening period on a 9-3 run to move to within 40-32 at the break.
The game started well for Houston in the second half as sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas converted a layup on the opening possession. However, that would be as close as Houston would come the rest of the way.
Tulsa forward Scottie Haralson drained a layup to start the Golden Hurricane's run and then nailed three consecutive 3-pointers followed by three straight Houston misses for a 51-34 lead with 17:22 remaining in the game. The Cougars would move no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Thomas posted 12 points with a game-high 13 rebounds for his second straight double-double and his eighth of the season. It also marked the Killeen, Texas, native's 17th double-double in his career.
Haralson led five Golden Hurricane players in double digits with 19 points and seven rebounds and added a game-high five 3-pointers, all in the second half. Tim Peete and James Woodard posted 14 points apiece, while Pat Swilling Jr. came off the bench to score 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Kauri Black added 10 points in the win.
Tulsa moved to 22-21 in the all-time series... Tulsa has won the last two games... Cougars fell to 13-8 all-time against Tulsa in Houston. Thomas started his 48th consecutive games, every game of his collegiate career.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars continue their three-game homestand when they play host to UAB at 5 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, the Cougars will compete in a pair of road games but only need to leave the city once. Houston meets crosstown- and Conference USA-rival Rice at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice campus.
From there, the team meets SMU at 2 p.m., Feb. 2, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas. The Cougars enjoyed a 78-67 win earlier this month in Hofheinz Pavilion in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
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