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January 23, 2013

TU buries Houston on the road

HOUSTON (AP) - Scottie Haralson scored 19 points off five 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Tulsa past Houston 87-72 on Wednesday night.

"We knew Haralson could shoot," said Houston forward TaShawn Thomas. "Our scouting reports said that he could shoot from the outside and that he was one of the best on the team. We tried to switch a couple guys on him to mess him up, but he got open shots and made them."

Tulsa (12-8, 4-2 C-USA) led by as many as 22 in the second half and hit 12 3-pointers in the contest while shooting 50.8 percent from the field overall and dishing out 20 assists.

The Hurricane turned 14 Houston turnovers into 19 points. Houston was 5 for 20 from beyond the arc but was 23 of 28 from the free-throw line.

Four other players were in double figures for Tulsa including James Woodard and Tim Peete who scored 14 points apiece. Pat Swilling Jr. had 11 points and Kauri Black chipped in with 10.

TaShawn Thomas led Houston (12-6, 1-4) with 12 points, 13 rebounds and two steals. Joseph Young led all Cougar scorers with 16 points and Danuel House added 15 points and five rebounds.

The Golden Hurricane led 40-32 at halftime, and a quick Houston bucket after the intermission closed the gap to six points. But Haralson responded for TU with 11 straight points, including three treys, that pushed Tulsa's lead up to 51-34. The Hurricane stayed in control the rest of the way.

"We let their press bother us," Houston coach James Dickey said of Tulsa. "We made a couple of back-to-back turnovers where they converted. They got momentum. We had a chance when we cut the lead down to eight points at halftime.

"I don't want to take anything away from Tulsa, they played a great game, but we had some really unforced turnovers tonight. We made bad reads. We threw the ball where we shouldn't have thrown it. They capitalized on our turnovers. They did a really nice job of passing and sharing the basketball."

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