Etou hits 23 against East Carolina

Tulsa’s Junior Etou had a game-high 23 points and four TU players had double-figures as Tulsa (14-14, 8-8 AAC) closed out the home season with a 74-66 win over East Carolina (13-16, 5-11 AAC) Sunday afternoon.

Etou, who scored a career-high 31 points in the earlier meeting against ECU, had 20 of his 23 points in the second half. He scored only three points in the first half in seven minutes due to foul trouble. Corey Henderson added 14 points off the bench, while Sterling Taplin scored 13 and Martins Igbanu 10 points for the Hurricane.

Tulsa set a new season-high with 12 three-pointers, as the Hurricane shot 54.5-percent from three-point range.

“I have a lot of respect for East Carolina – their length, their athleticism, and just the way they have been playing. I thought our guys did some things differently here,” said Tulsa coach Frank Haith. “Obviously, we rebounded the ball better and didn’t give them as many offensive rebounds. I also thought our transition defense was good, and those were two of the things that hurt us when we played there.

“ In the second half we played as well offensively as we have played all year. I thought we got good shots in the first half, but we just didn’t make them.”

Last Thursday, Pat Birt had 16 points and Martins Igbanu added 14 to lead Tulsa to an 82-68 victory over the USF Bulls Tulsa snapped a six-game losing streak.

College Basketball Schedule

March 4 – TCU at OU, Kansas at OSU

March 5 – TU at Tulane