TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa broke open a close game with a 19-2 run early in the second half to take a 72-48 Conference USA win against the University of Houston men's basketball team Saturday night inside the Reynolds Center.
Trailing by 10 points midway through the first half, the Cougars battled back to move to within 26-22 by the halftime break. After trading buckets early in the second half, the Cougars knotted the game at 30-30 on freshman point guard J.J. Thompson's layup at the 15:13 mark.
The Golden Hurricane scored 14 unanswered points during the next 6:17 and built a 49-32 advantage when Kodi Maduka converted a pair of free throws with 8:56 left in the contest.
Redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young posted 13 points with a pair of 3-pointers on 5-of-10 shooting to tie for the team lead. Junior guard Jonathon Simmons totaled 13 points with a team-high five rebounds and tied with sophomore point guard Jimmie Jones for the team lead with two assists.
With the loss, Houston fell to 11-13 overall and 3-8 in C-USA games. Tulsa improved to 15-10 overall and 8-3 in C-USA games.
Tulsa connected on 59.1 percent (13-of-22) of its shots on the way to 46 second-half points to split the regular-season series against the Cougars. Houston enjoyed a 70-69 win in overtime in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 4 in the C-USA opener for both teams.
Tulsa guard Jordan Clarkson led all players with 21 points, while Steven Idlet came off the bench to post 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Guard Scottie Haralson finished with 13 points and three 3-pointers, and Tim Peete led all players with six assists.
The Cougars take a week-long break from their schedule before playing host to Southern Miss at 8 p.m., Saturday, in Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be televised live on CSS.
Fans can hear all Cougar Basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tipoff.
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the "GameTracker" link at UHCougars.com.
Fans also can hear live audio and watch live video via Cougar All-Access at UHCougars.com. Fans should note that a charge is required to watch and hear streamed games on-line.
Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.