TU tops Tulane

Tulsa’s Pat Birt scored 27 points on seven 3-pointers, and James Woodard added 21 points with five treys for a 81-67 win at Tulane in American Athletic Conference play Sunday at Devlin Fieldhouse.

The Golden Hurricane (10-6, 2-2 American) shot 59 percent from the field, including 13-of-20 beyond the arc, while holding the Tulane (7-10, 0-4 American) to 39 percent from the field. Birt connected on 7-of-10 3-pointers, and Woodard converted 5-of-6 from downtown. Senior Shaquille Harrison added 11 points and seven assists. Dylan Osetkowksi led Tulane with 18 points.

“It was a great road win for us. Offensively we were really, really good all night,” Tulsa coach Frank Haith said. “Defensively, we got off to a slow start, and they had a little rhythm going offensively. Once we got better and got stops, I was really pleased and encouraged with how we played on the offensive end.

“We shot the ball extremely well. Those two guys (Birt and Woodard) had great nights. Pat has been wanting a game like that, and he’s a rhythm guy and got into a rhythm early. It was good to see James, who’s been nicked up, play as well as he played.”