D‘Andre Wright had a big night. The freshman from Lawton put up a career-high 25 points Saturday night to lead Tulsa past UTEP, 74-70, at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Wright hit 9-of-12 shots and was 7-of-10 from the free throw line.
Tulsa (13-11 overall, 5-5 in Conference USA) trailed 56-54 when the Miners (13-9, 6-3) got a 3-point basket from Konnie Tucker, who led them with 17 points.
But TU never would be behind on the scoreboard again, although it would be engaged in one more tie. Scotie Haralson hit a 3 to break it and give TU a 61-58 lead. The Golden Hurricane would lead by as much as eight points when two Wright free throws brought the score to 70-62 with 1:02 left.
Wright later added a dunk in midst of Tulsa having to hang on.
TU finished the game shooting 45 percent (25-of-56) from the floor, 46 percent (6-of-13) in 3-pointers and connected 78 percent (18-of-23) from the free throw line.
UTEP converted on 37 percent (20-of-54) from the floor, 32 percent (8-of-25) in 3s and 76 percent (22-of-29) in free throws.
The Hurricane out boarded UTEP, 36-35.
TU meets Houston at home Saturday. That games tips off at 3:30 p.m.