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December 30, 2013

Tulsa drops another tough road game




COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Tulsa built a 15 point lead in the first half at Maryland, but a double technical on Tulsa coach Danny Manning with just under 11 minutes to play put the Terps in control, and Tulsa ultimately fell 85-74.

"I thought we did some okay things, but it was not enough to win the game," said Manning. "We were shooting the ball well, and they weren't shooting it well, but you knew at some point they were going to make a run and get things clicking. I believe they went on an 18-4 run, so we have to do a better job of stopping the bleeding."

Dez Wells scored 18 points, Seth Allen added 15 in his season debut and Maryland overcame the early 15-point deficit.

Wells went 7 for 10 from the floor and led the Terrapins with 10 rebounds. The junior forward also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career.

After missing 12 games with a broken left foot, Allen came off the bench to provide the Terrapins (8-5) with a much-needed spark. Returning from a seven-day layoff, Maryland fell behind 25-10 with 11 minutes elapsed before Allen fueled an 18-4 run.

Still, the Terrapins didn't take the lead for good until Jake Layman drilled a 3-pointer to make it 48-45 with 12:32 left. Nick Faust followed with a jumper from beyond the arc, and Maryland moved ahead 52-47 before Tulsa coach Danny Manning was ejected after receiving successive technical fouls with 10:35 remaining.

Layman made all four foul shots, and Allen added two free throws to give the Terrapins an 11-point cushion. It was the first time in Manning's two years as Tulsa's coach that he was ejected from a game.

"We have to use these kinds of games to make us better, knowing that we get confidence playing on the road," Manning explained. "We've been in hostile situations at other people's gyms. We understand what it takes. When we talked about it earlier we compared it to bowling; we had too many open frames and were not able to close them in terms of execution offensively and defensively the whole time. That is something that we've got to continue to work at and get better."

James Woodard scored 25 for the Golden Hurricane (4-9). The 6-foot-3 sophomore has led Tulsa in points in seven of the last nine games.

Maryland had five players score in double figures. Evan Smotrycz and Faust each had 13 and Layman added 12 in coach Mark Turgeon's 300th career victory.

Wells and Allen each had nine points in a first half that ended tied at 35.

Tulsa led 11-4 before Wells interrupted the surge with a follow-shot, giving him 1,000 points during a career that began at Xavier in 2011.

Soon after that, Allen entered for the first time this season. The 6-foot-1 sophomore was poised to make his first basket, a breakaway layup, when Woodard swooped from behind and swatted the shot away.

That typified the first half for the Terrapins. It was 13-9 before backup guard Pat Swilling made a pair of 3-pointers during a 12-1 spurt that put the Golden Hurricane up by 15.

And then Maryland finally woke up. Smotrycz sank two jumpers from beyond the arc and Allen scored five points in a run that closed the deficit to 29-28.




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