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January 14, 2012

Tulsa holds off late ECU rally

Tulsa's up and down season continued with a 70-67 road win over East Carolina on Saturday in Conference USA play at Minges Coliseum. Jordan Clarkson went a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc to notch a game-high 23 points, helping TU even its league record at 2-2.

Kodi Maduka recorded his fifth double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Clarkson added 6 assists. The Golden Hurricane is now 9-9 on the season and won their eighth straight over ECU.

Scottie Haralson also hit double-digit scoring with 10 points. Steven Idlet chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while D.J. Magley contributed 7 points and 6 rebounds.

Darrius Morrow led the Pirates (9-7, 0-3) with 18 points. Miguel Paul finished with 13 points, while Maurice Kemp scored 10 and collected 10 rebounds.

Tulsa raced out to a 22-4 advantage over the first ten minutes of the opening half, and Clarkson buried three of his treys during the barrage. The Pirates collected themselves and fought back, closing the gap to 40-33 at the half.

East Carolina pulled within two points late in the second half, but with just 44 seconds to play, Maduka converted a traditional three-point play to push Tulsa's lead to 70-65.

Tulsa was on fire from long range, nailing 8 of their 12 three-point attempts. ECU wasn't as fortunate, connecting on just 7-of-26 from deep.

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