Golden Hurricane blows
past ECU at the end
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Host and No. 5 seed Tulsa
went on a 16-7 run in the final three minutes to capture a
come-from-behind 79-72 victory over No. 4 seed East Carolina in a
Conference USA Tournament quarterfinal matchup Thursday night at the BOK
Senior guard Scottie
Haralson scored 22 points and freshman guard James Woodard added 17 to
help the Golden Hurricane secure a Friday evening semifinal date with
top seed Memphis (6:30 p.m.; TV: CBSCS). The Tigers took care of Tulane
81-68 in Thursday evening's preliminary contest.
The turning point in
Tulsa's surge past the Pirates (18-12) occurred when the Golden
Hurricane retained possession on an awkwardly-contested offensive
rebound after Woodard missed back-to-back chances at the charity stripe
with 2:52 remaining.
After the second miss,
Tulsa (17-14) worked the ball to Pat Swilling, Jr., who nailed a
long-range bomb with 2:35 left to convert a 65-63 deficit into a 66-65
In post-game remarks, ECU
coach Jeff Lebo pointed to the sequence of events as being pivotal in
"They missed two foul
shots, we had a chance to secure a loose ball that we have in our hands
make a three," he said. "That took the juice right out of us and got
them on a run in the last two minutes of the game.”
The run to which Lebo
alluded began with a 10-0 streak in a span of two minutes that put the
Golden Hurricane in control 73-65 with 51 seconds left.
Senior forward Maurice
Kemp had 24 points and 11 rebounds, junior guard Akeem Richmond had 16
points, senior point guard Miguel Paul contributed 14 points and 8
assists and sophomore guard Paris Roberts-Campbell recorded 12 points to
pace the Pirates.
Freshman guard Shaquille
Harrison had 12 points and freshman forward D'Andre Wright scored 10
points for the youth-dominated Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa led by as much as 8
in the first half but Richmond and Kemp fueled a 24-11 run that pushed
the Pirates ahead 30-25 at the half. ECU built the margin to as much as
8 in the second half and did not trail until the final 2:35.
No. 2 seed Southern Miss
will face No. 3 seed Texas-El Paso Friday afternoon (4 p.m.; TV: CBSSN)
for the right to meet the Memphis-Tulsa winner in Saturday's
championship game (11:30 a.m.; TV: CBS).
Out of the running for
C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and not considered a
contender for a bid to the NIT, ECU will be watching national
developments closely over the final weekend of league tourneys to gauge
its merits for a postseason berth in the CIT (CollegeInsider.com
Tournament) or the CBI (College Basketball Invitational).
C-USA Tournament Game Summary
Tulsa 79, East Carolina 72
Mar. 14, 2013
Facility: BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
Records: ECU 18-12; UT 17-14
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