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Last-second shot lifts Tulsa past UTSA in OT

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University of Tulsa Sports Information Department

De’Andre Wright hit a 20-foot layup with one second left to give Tulsa a 72-70 victory against UTSA Sunday at the Reynolds Center.

Wright made the score on a third-chance basket for the Golden Hurricane (17-12 overall, 12-3 in Conference USA), who remain in a first-place tie with Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee.

James Woodard led TU with 19 points, Wright scored 12 and Stevie Repichowski, who left the game with a hand injury, produced 13.

Tulsa took an early 18-2 lead, thanks to some consistent perimeter shooting. Woodard had two treys and Rashad Ray and Repichowski had one each in that run. TU’s defensive pressure also made it difficult for Roadrunner shooters connect with the net during the stretch.

But after that, Tulsa got to secure as UTSA (8-20, 4-11) would get into a rhythm and gradually crept back. The Roadrunners came to within 34-22 at the break and pulled ahead 60-59 after two free throws in from Devon Agusi with 3:28 left in the regulation, which ended in a 64-64 tie.

"There are a lot of adjectives that I could open this up with, but I'll just say, 'whew!,' Tulsa coach Danny Manning said. "Texas-San Antonio played a really good game. They dictated the tempo in the second half to be honest. The reason we won this game, in my mind, is because we got off to a good start.

Tulsa scored the first five points including a dunk by Tim Peete with 3:59 left in the extra period. UTSA outscored TU 6-1 prior to Wright’s game-winning shot.

"They outscored us in by 12 in the second half overtime. We were able to get the first bucket in overtime and ride that from there. It was not the best game for us, but you have to win games like this. Now we have a chance to go down to North Texas and get a piece of the league title. We'll be fired up, excited, and ready to go."

Agusi led the Roadrunners with 13 points and Keon Lewis scored 12.

That was the last home game of the year for TU, who will play at North Texas in the final regular season game Thursday. Game starts at 7 p.m.

Hurricane Quick Hits

* The 1993-94 team, who reached the Sweet Sixteen, was honored for a 20-year reunion at halftime.

* The Roadrunners are coached by former Oklahoma State standout Brooks Thompson, who a member of the Cowboys’ squad that got eliminated by TU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament back in 1994.

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