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January 18, 2014

TU gets hot late and runs past Marshall




HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - James Woodard scored 17 points as Tulsa beat Marshall 69-52 on Saturday for its first road win of the season.

Tulsa trailed 25-20 at halftime after making just 8 of 32 shots in the opening 20 minutes. The Golden Hurricane made twice as many baskets in the second frame and shot 61.5 percent, leading to 49 points. Tulsa made 5 of 7 shots from behind the arc and 12 of 14 from the free-throw line in the second half.

"I thought this game was another example of us beating ourselves," said Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. "No disrespect to Tulsa, but we beat ourselves. Nobody to blame, but ourselves. This was another painful afternoon. It is frustrating to say the least."

Rashad Ray added 13 points for Tulsa (8-10, 3-1 C-USA) and sophomore Brandon Swannegan added a career-high 10.

Tulsa took its first lead of the second half, with 9:43 remaining, on a 3-pointer by Woodard during a 10-0 run.

Trailing 40-36, the Hurricane reeled off a 23-8 spurt that put them ahead 59-48. Marshall never recovered, and Tulsa's lead continued to expand down the stretch.

Marshall (6-13, 0-4) was led by Chris Thomas with 14 points and Kareem Canty had 12 and nine assists. The Thundering Herd shot just 32.8 percent for the game.




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