Tulsa upset bid versus WSU fails

A last second shot missed and No. 5 Wichita State edged Tulsa 72-69 Saturday in a TU home game.

“Really proud of our kids and how hard they competed,” said TU coach Frank Haith. “I thought we laid it on the line and gave ourselves the chance to win the game. It was just a really good effort.”

TU’s Sterling Taplin had a career-high 26 points. He went 10-of-17 from the field and 6-of-10 behind the arc to lead the Golden Hurricane (10-8, 3-3), who shot 53.6-percent in the second half to rally. Taplin had seven assists and TU also got 14 points from Corey Henderson Jr. and a dozen from Junior Etou.

“Wichita State is #5 in the country and we showed that we could compete with anyone,” Taplin said. “We have to come focused and ready to play every single game.”

The Shockers (15-2, 5-0) extended their road winning streak to an NCAA-leading 11 games behind 16 points apiece from Landry Shamet and Conner Frankamp. Markis McDuffie came off the bench to add 10 points for the visitors, who were held to 41-percent shooting for their second-lowest total of the season.

The rivalry between Wichita State and Tulsa goes back a long way.

“I think it’s great for the league,” Haith said. “I’m really excited about Wichita State being in the league. The last couple years you see expansion decisions being made, and it was all based on football. So it was great to see a decision made on basketball. They are a great addition to our league.”

Tulsa played at Temple Wednesday night.