Tulsa (12-8, 6-2 AAC) overcame a six-point deficit in the final seven minutes and went on for a 77-66 win over the UCF Knight’s (14-7, 5-4 AAC) in front of 4,281 fans Saturday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The win kept Tulsa in sole possession of third-place in the American Athletic Conference.
Tulsa played No. 19 Cincinnati February 1 at home.
Senior Pat Birt led four double-figure scorers with 19 points to pace the Hurricane, followed by Corey Henderson’s 14, Junior Etou’s 12 and TK Edogi’s 10 points. Tulsa scored 23 points off of 16 UCF turnovers and the Hurricane bench tied for its most scoring production of the season with a 42-to-15 edge over the Knights.
“It was a tremendous win. I thought we beat an obviously really, really good Central Florida team and did a really good job on Tacko Fall, which was a key going into the game,” said Tulsa coach Frank Haith. “I thought we had a lot of production out of a lot of guys.
“At the ten-minute mark I really felt that we turned it up a level in terms of our intensity and we got some loose balls. I think that we were down six points near the five-minute mark, but finished the game incredibly well in terms of coming up with loose balls and knocking balls loose.”