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December 1, 2013

TU stumbles against Green Bay in Alaska




ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Keifer Sykes scored 25 points and dished out nine assists as Green Bay beat Tulsa 67-59 in the third-place game at the Great Alaska Shootout Saturday night.

Rashad Smith scored 10 first-half points as Tulsa (1-6) jumped out to a 29-26 lead at the break. Green Bay (4-2) would tie the game at 38 on an Alec Brown 3-pointer with less than 14 minutes to play.

The game was close throughout, but Turner Botz drilled a 3-pointer with 2:24 left to give Green Bay a 59-54 lead with 2:24 left. Marquel Curtis would cut the lead with three with a put back, but Tulsa would get no closer.

Sykes hit all eight of his free-throw attempts in the last 1:21 to give the Phoenix the win.

"Green Bay came out and they played a very good ballgame," said Tulsa head coach Danny Manning. "They did a very good job of playing first-shot defense on us and rebounding well. For us, we have to continue to work and get better. Going into half, being up three, I thought we could have come out with a little more fire in the second half. We were able to get the ball to certain places on the court that we like, we just have to do a better job of rewarding ourselves and finishing the buckets."

Greg Mays scored 12 points while Brown added 11 for Green Bay.

Smith finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Tulsa. James Woodard added 9 points and 6 rebounds.

Tulsa shot 30 percent from the field (18-of-60), made 6-of-19 3-point attempts, and converted on 17-of-21 free throws for a season-high 81 percent from the stripe. The Hurricane was outrebounded for the first time in the tournament, as the Phoenix took a 46-33 advantage on the boards. Green Bay shot 37 percent from the field (22-of-59), making 4-of-14 3-pointers and 19-of-24 free throws.

"We'll have to go back and watch film," said Manning. "There some sequences of good ball for us. Overall, to come to the tournament and go 1-2, we expect better, we want better, and we are going to push and do better."



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