SMU has been a long range shooting team, but on this day, they were beaten at heir own game.
Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points as Tulsa held off the Mustangs 66-60 at Moody Coliseum, avenging an earlier SMU win Oklahoma and dropping the Mustangs to 2-5 in Conference USA.
The Golden Hurricane hit 10 three-pointers, which is something SMU is usually used to doing.
SMU started off really slow, with no points and four turnovers in the first 4 1/2 minutes to fall behind 8-0. After that, they started to find their stroke, but Tulsa proved they could hit from long range. too. SMU hit 4 of 6 three-pointers; Tulsa hit 7 of 10.
Scottie Haralson proved especially annoying, scoring 12 points from behind the arc. He ended up with 17 for the game.
The Mustangs started attacking the basket more in the second half, particularly Jalen Jones, who scored eight second-half points. The more aggressive play got them a 40-37 lead with 16 1/2 minutes to play.
But more long shots from Haralson and Eric McClellan helped give Tulsa the lead back. Jones kept the Mustangs within reach for much of the remaining game, but missed four of five foul shots down the stretch that proved costly.
Despite that, Robert Nyakundi hit another driving layup to bring the Mustangs to within four, and then they got Haralson to miss a rushed three pointer. But Tulsa got the rebound, and Clarkson didn’t miss from downtown. He then forced a turnover on a jump ball, and got a quick dunk on the other end to put the game away.