Tulsa beats Tulane
Steven Idlet became the 34th player in Tulsa basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career Saturday as the Golden Hurricane stayed in the Conference USA race, taking a 73-69 win over Tulane at Fogelman Arena in New Orleans.
Idlet, a senior from Prairie Grove, Ark., was one of five players to score in double figures, as he posted 11 points. He tied with Scottie Haralson for fourth most points for the team. Eric McClellan and Jordan Clarkson each shared the scoring lead with 15 points each, and Kodi Maduka scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for a double-double.
Ricky Tarrant and Jordan Callahan scored 21 and 16 points respectively for the Green Wave.
The win puts the Hurricane (17-11 overall, 10-4 in Conference USA) in a second place tie with Southern Miss (23-6, 10-4) in the conference. Memphis (21-8, 11-3) stands in first place and comes to town Saturday to meet the Hurricane at the Reynolds Center for an 11 a.m. (central time) tipoff. The game is also being nationally televised by CBS.
Finishing off the Green Wave was not simple for the Hurricane. They had a 37-30 advantage over the host at halftime and a basket by Clarkson gave TU its largest lead early in the second half. A lay-up by McClellan later gave it a 53-45 advantage with 11:05 left.
But Tulane would mount a comeback that almost doomed Tulsa as it outscored the Hurricane 20-10 for over the next eight minutes, moving ahead to a 65-63 lead.
TU regained the advantage with a 3-pointer from Clarkson with 2:21 remaining. An exchange of leads followed, but Tulsa moved in front for good on a jumper by Haralson with 35 ticks left on the clock, making the score 70-69. Free throws account for the rest of TU’s points.
TU shot 54 percent (27-of-50) and 33 percent (6-of-18) from 3-point range. From the line, it sank 68 percent (13-of-19).
Tulane (15-13, 3-11) finished the game shooting 47 percent (24-of-51), 42 percent (8-of-19) in 3-pointers and 57 percent (13-of-23) from the foul line.
The Hurricane also won the board battle with a 37-25 rebounding edge.
Before the showdown with Memphis comes a meeting at UAB, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.