Scottie Haralson sparked Tulsa's second-half run with 11 straight points and finished with 19 for the game as the Golden Hurricane cruised past Conference USA rival Houston, 87-72,Wednesday evening at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Haralson made 7-of-12 field goals, including five three-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds to lead five players in double figures for the Golden Hurricane (12-8, 4-2 C-USA). With Tulsa ahead by six-points early in the second half, Haralson made a layup, followed by three consecutive three-pointers to go on an 11-0 run and give the Hurricane a 51-34 lead. TU grew its advantage to 22 points at the 11:57 mark with seven straight points by Brandon Swannegan, and coasted the rest of the way.
Tim Peete matched his career high with 14 points, and was matched by James Woodard's 14 points in the contest. Pat Swilling, Jr. tallied 11 points, and Kauri Black scored 10 points for TU. Swannegan posted a career-high with nine points, and Shaquille Harrison dished a career-high seven assists.
Tulsa shot 51 percent from the field, including 48 percent from long distance as it made 12 three-pointers. The Hurricane also posted a 20-11 assist-turnover ratio, and outscored Houston 19-9 off of turnovers and 28-17 off the bench. Tulsa's 87 points, 12 three-pointers and 20 assists all were the most totaled by the Hurricane since the season opener against LSU Shreveport on Nov. 11.
Joseph Young scored 16 points, Danuel House tallied 15 points and TaShawn Thomas added 12 points to lead the Cougars (12-6, 1-4 C-USA). The TU defense held UH to 41 percent shooting from the field, and just 5-of-20 from three-point distance in the game.
Tulsa shot 53 percent in the first half and led Houston to 40 percent shooting from the field to take a 40-32 lead at the half. Swilling knocked down a trio of three-pointers as the Hurricane made six in the first half and used a 12-0 run to pull away from the Cougars.
Leading 23-22 at the 6:43 timeout, the Golden Hurricane got a pair of steals and three-pointers to spark the run. Tim Peete stole the inbounds pass and connected on his second trey of the game, and Haralson stole a pass coming up the court and Woodard hit a three-pointer to make the score 29-22. Woodard sunk a jumper from the baseline, and after making a pair of free throws, Rashad Ray laid in a fastbreak basket to give TU a 35-22 lead with 4:41 remaining in the half.
Tulsa continued its run out to 17-3 and led 40-25 with 3:29 left. Houston then closed the half on a 7-0 spurt, including its final five points on free throws, to make the score 40-32 heading into the locker room.
Houston scored the first basket of the second half to cut Tulsa's lead to 40-34, but Haralson's solo 11-0 run put the Hurricane ahead, 51-34.
The Golden Hurricane held its 17-point lead at 58-41, when Swannegan tipped in a rebound and made back-to-back layups, followed by a free throw to spark his own 7-0 run and put TU ahead 63-41 with 10:44 remaining. The lead of 22 points would be Tulsa's largest, as it cruised to the 87-72 victory.
The Golden Hurricane returns home to play host to Southern Miss at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Donald W. Reynolds Center.