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March 2, 2013

Tulsa gets past Tulane with huge second half

Scottie Haralson scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the second half, helping Tulsa overcome a 20-point halftime deficit for a 78-66 win over Tulane on Saturday.

"We wanted to win every 4 minute segment," said Haralson. "That's what we said in the huddle, 'win this next 4 minutes', that was our goal. We just kept fighting and fighting and fighting. It paid off for us.

"We really turned up our energy. In the locker room we said we really had to pick it up. I felt like we played harder than them in the second half. That momentum carried us over into the offensive end as well as the defensive end. We did a good job of holding them to one shot and one rebound. We forced turnovers and got out in transition. It was a good overall team win."

Tulsa (15-13, 7-7 Conference USA) also got 12 points each from James Woodard, Pat Swilling Jr. and Rashad Ray. Woodard scored 10 of his points in the second half to help fuel the comeback.

"I think we felt like we never really were down," said Haralson. "We just kept fighting. That fight was the turning point. I know we've had that fight in us. We worked so hard in practice. We just had to let it kick in and (when it did) I knew it was going to pay off. I knew we had the ability to comeback from a deficit."

Haralson had three 3-pointers for the game. Woodard had eight rebounds and Shaquille Harrison had eight assists.

"Everyone contributed today," said Tulsa head coach Danny Manning. "I think that's why we win today. We had a lot of guys play a lot of minutes for us. When one guy goes in, he is supposed to raise the energy level a little higher than it was before, and everyone really did that for us today."

Tulane (18-11, 6-8) shot 30 percent from the floor for the game (18 of 60).

Josh Davis had 16 points and eight rebounds for Tulane. Ricky Tarrant also scored 16, and Jordan Callahan had 11.

"Tonight was a tale of two halves for us," said Manning. "Tulane came out in the first half and dictated tempo and got whatever they wanted. They're a good team. Davis is one of the best post players, and Tarrant is one of the best point guards.

"We had a little momentum going into half time when we went on a little mini run. We came out in the second half, and our guys played the way that we like for them to always play. They scrapped and battled and to come back from down 20 points says a lot about them. I am really proud of the young men in our locker room."

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