TU tops Marshall

January 23, 2014

James Woodard scored 17 points and Rashad Ray added 13 points to fuel a second-half run and lead Tulsa to a 69-52 Conference USA victory at Marshall last Saturday at the Cam Henderson Center.

Brandon Swannegan added a career-high 10 points for the Golden Hurricane (8-10, 3-1 C-USA), which picked up its first road win of the season. Woodard scored 13 and Ray 11 points in the second half, sparking the Hurricane as it outscored the Thundering Herd 49-27 in the second period.

After scoring 20 points in the first half and shooting just 25 percent from the field, Tulsa shot 62 percent from the field, making 5-of-7 3-pointers and 12-of-14 free throws in the second half.

Chris Thomas scored 14 points, and Kareem Canty scored 12 points to lead the Thundering Herd (6-13, 0-4 C-USA).

Tulsa trailed by as many as eight points in the second half, and was behind 40-36 with 12:09 remaining, when Swannegan hit a layup and Woodard made a beautiful reverse layup high off the glass to knot the score, 40-40 with 11:25 to play.

Tulsa got 32 points from its bench, as Ray and Swannegan combined for 23 points in relief. The Hurricane made 14-of-18 free throws for the game – its fifth straight contest making more than 70 percent of its foul shots.

The teams matched rebound totals with 39 apiece, and TU had 11 assists and 11 turnovers. Marshall shot 33 percent from the field for the contest.

Shaquille Harrison and Ray scored career highs with 26 and 19 points, respectively, but the Tulsa basketball team fell 90-86 in overtime at Conference USA foe at Charlotte Jan. 16 at Halton Arena.

Harrison made 10-of-15 field goals, and added four assists and seven rebounds, while Ray went 7-of-9 from the field for the Golden Hurricane. Woodard scored 13 points, and Lew Evans led TU with 11 rebounds.

Pierria Henry and Denzel Ingram scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, to lead six players in double figures for the 49ers.

Tulsa shot 45 percent from the field (29-of-64), and made five 3-pointers and 72 percent of its free throws (23-of-32).

Charlotte shot 47 percent (30-of-64) from the field, made eight 3-pointers, and 22-of-42 free throws (52 percent). Charlotte held a 47-37 advantage on the boards.

The Golden Hurricane opens a three-game homestand  at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 against Middle Tennessee.