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December 5, 2012

TU wins big over Missouri St.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Rashad Ray and Pat Swilling Jr. scored 11 points each to lead Tulsa to a 61-42 victory against Missouri State on Wednesday night.

Swilling Jr., son of former Georgia Tech and NFL linebacker Pat Swilling, made two 3-pointers in 19 minutes off the bench for the Golden Hurricane (5-3).

Drew Wilson had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears (2-6).

"We wanted to come out and do whatever we needed to do to give ourselves success and give ourselves a chance at winning the ballgame," said Tulsa head coach Danny Manning. "We got great contributions across the board. A lot of guys came in and gave good minutes for us and we were able to grind out a win. Missouri State is very similar to us in that they are playing a lot of young players, and they're in a tough stretch just like us.

"(MSU Head Coach) Paul (Lusk) does a great job with his team. They play hard. Tonight we just had a few more breaks and a few more balls bounce our way."

Missouri State never led after 15:14 remained in the first half but was within eight points with eight minutes to play. But 3-pointers by Scottie Haralson and Swilling were the dagger, igniting an 11-2 run that gave Tulsa control.

"Pat (Swilling) brings a lot," said Manning. "He brings some toughness, from the standpoint that he has played at a division one school before and he played at a very tough junior college in terms of their schedule, their system and the coach that he played for. He has great understanding of the game. Pat is not afraid to shoot the ball, he's not afraid to go make a play. He gets us going."

The Bears shot just 29.4 percent from the floor, including 6 of 24 in the second half.

Shaquille Harrison had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Hurricane, whose first-year coach, Danny Manning, scored 42 points for Kansas against Missouri State in the second round of the 1987 NCAA tournament.

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