HOUSTON — D’Andre Wright scored 15 points, James Woodard had a double-double and Tulsa withstood a late rally by Rice to defeat the Owls 77-71 on Saturday night.
Tulsa (16-14, 8-8 C-USA) held a 73-60 lead with 2:26 remaining in the game but Julian DeBose capped an 11-2 run by the Owls with a three-point play to make it 75-71 with 27 seconds to go. DeBose ended his night with 17 points and five rebounds.
Rice’s comeback fell short however with a turnover and two missed 3-pointers and the Golden Hurricane were able to hold on for the win.
In the first half, Scottie Haralson sparked a 15-2 run for Tulsa in the first 7 minutes of play thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers and scoring 11 of his 15 points.
Tamir Jackson scored 30 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had five assists for Rice (5-25, 1-15).
Central Arkansas defeats Oral Roberts 86-84 in OT
CONWAY, Ark. — Anthony Borden’s put-back basket as time expired in overtime — his team’s second buzzer-beating shot of the day — gave Central Arkansas an 86-84 victory against Oral Roberts on Saturday.
Jarvis Garner scored 34 points for the Bears (13-16, 7-11 Southland Conference), and his three-pointer as the clock hit zeroes in regulation tied the game at 75-all and forced the extra session. Robert Crawford added 18 points and LaQuentin Miles 12 points and seven rebounds.
Borden finished with eight points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.
Garner hit six 3-pointers for Central Arkansas, which clinched the No. 7 seed in the conference tournament and will play sixth-seeded Sam Houston State on Wednesday in Katy, Texas. The winner of that game will play No. 3 seed Oral Roberts (18-13, 13-5) in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Warren Niles had 30 points and made seven 3-pointers and Steven Roundtree added 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Golden Eagles.