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January 17, 2014

Tulsa loses in overtime at Charlotte




Shaquille Harrison and Rashad Ray posted career-highs with 26 and 19 points respectively, but Tulsa lost a lead late in regulation and eventually fell at Charlotte in overtime, 90-86.

"It was a hard fought ballgame," said Tulsa head coach Danny Manning. "I thought both teams did some really exceptional things, in terms of the runs both sides were able to go on. Charlotte made more runs than us. At one point down the stretch, I thought we had control of the game, and Charlotte took control of that, they grasped it and didn't let go.

"They have some really talented players, and they're well coached. They made more plays than us down the stretch."

Pierria Henry led a balanced Charlotte offense with 18 points. Henry's basket with 9 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 76 and Tulsa's last-second 3-point attempt was off the mark.

In overtime, Denzel Ingram hit two 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to help Charlotte (11-5, 2-1 Conference USA) edge Tulsa (7-10, 2-1). Ingram's second 3-pointer put the 49ers up 84-78 with 3:07 left.

Tulsa cut the lead to 88-86 with 2 seconds left on a dunk from Harrison, but Ben Cherry made two free throws with a second remaining as Charlotte held on.

Henry posted nine rebounds and eight assists. Ingram scored 17 and Terrence Williams had 14. Mike Thorne Jr. had 13 points and 11 rebounds while Willie Clayton had 10.

James Woodard added 13 for Tulsa.




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