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Tulsa had been seeking out a high-performance and it got one Thursday night in a 97-71 win over Tulane inside the Reynolds Center.

The Golden Hurricane (6-9 overall, 1-0 in Conference USA) would hit from all points from the floor.

Shaquille Harrison led a quintet of double-figure scorers for TU. He scored 23 points, D’Andre Wright put up 18, Lew Evans scored 14, Tim Peete netted 12 and James Woodard scored 11.

Tulane (8-8, 0-1) drew to within 19-17 after a 3-pointer from Cameron Reynolds with 11:26 left in the first half. Tulsa then turned on its defense while exploding to a 45-25 lead with 3:37 to go after an inside-the-paint layup from Woodard.

TU would own a 60-32 lead at halftime.

Tulsa shot 57 percent (33-of-58) from the field, 48 percent (11-of-23) from 3-point range and was 74 percent (20-of-27) from the foul line.

The Green Wave shot 48 percent (24-of-50) from the floor, 40 percent (6-of-15) in 3s and was 74 percent (17-of-23) in free throws.

Tulsa coach Danny Manning was pleased with the offense, but felt the defense could have done better.

“When you shoot the ball well it makes up for a multitude of sins,” Manning said. “For me, when I look at the stat sheet, they shot 48 percent from the field. You're not going to beat a lot of teams if they shoot 48 percent from the field in your own building. Tonight we shot 57 percent and that covers up a lot of things defensively for us. But, defensively we have to do a much better job than 48 percent field goal percentage defense."

Louis Dabney led Tulane with 17 points, Jonathan Stark scored 14, Tre Drye logged 13 and Mikael Herbert got 10.

The Golden Hurricane will play a host to Southern Miss at noon Sunday.

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