Etou leads Tulsa over South Florida

Tulsa’s Junior Etou got his sixth double-double of the season and fifth during American Athletic Conference play with 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Tulsa to a 63-54 win at USF on Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Florida.

Etou was joined in double-figures by DaQuan Jeffries, who came off the bench for 16 points and six boards for the Golden Hurricane (13-10, 6-5).  Tulsa is now in sole possession of fourth place in the league standings. Tulsa outrebounded the Bulls (8-16, 1-10), 44-32, and TU got 18 offensive rebounds.  TU improved to 6-0 all-time against USF, who got a game-high 22 points from Stephan Jiggetts and another 11 from David Collins.

Last Thursday, Etou had 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a 76-67 home win over SMU.

“I thought it was a big win for us,” TU coach Frank Haith said. “There is no question about that with the way the league stands. Everybody is right there, kind of in the middle of the pack. In terms of the back nine, I talked about this with our team since it was game one of the back nine. We protected our home court.”

TU’s Corey Henderson Jr. added 18 points.

Also in double-figures were Martins Igbanu (12 points), Jaleel Wheeler (11 points) and DaQuan Jeffries (11 points). TU outrebounded SMU 42-35, while the Hurricane enjoyed a 24-2 advantage in bench points.

Tulsa hosts Tulane (13-8, 4-5) at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8.