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Tulsa falls to UAB

Hurricane Flags
Hurricane Flags
University of Tulsa Sports Information Department

Going into Saturday, Tulsa had won seven straight games at home. The streak came to an end Saturday when it fell 70-63 to UAB at the Reynolds Center.

The Golden Hurricane (9-11 overall, 4-2 in Conference USA) led 35-33 at halftime but fell into a hole it could not overcome in the second half.

James Woodard led TU with 12 points and Rashad Ray scored 10.

Chad Frazier and Rod Rucker led the Blazers (13-6, 2-3) with 21 points each. C.J. Washington also had 10 rebounds for UAB.

"UAB is a team that came in here without the record that they would like, and they came out and dominated us on the glass,“ Tulsa coach Danny Manning said. “They played big boy ball in terms of rebounding the ball. That is one of the areas that we feel contributed to us losing the game. Give them credit. They went after the ball. Frazier got going in the second half and made some tough shots like is known to do. Rucker got into the paint, reverse pivoted, made the buckets, and shot the ball at a high clip. The backboard, to me, was an issue. We didn't rebound or box out throughout the course of the game."

Tulsa, which was out-boarded 50-35, shot 37 percent (23-of-63) from the floor, 25 percent (4-of-16) from 3-point range and 62 percent (13-of-21) from the 3-point line.

UAB shot 38 percent (23-of-61), 42 percent (5-of-12) in 3s and converted 79 percent (19-of-24) from the foul line.

A 3-point play from Rucker gave the Blazers a 61-51 advantage with 3:59 left in the game.

TU would go on a 12-5 run, drawing to within 66-63 after an inside layup from Woodard with 29 seconds to go. TU could not do any more.

The Golden Hurricane continue the last of a 3-game homestand on Saturday against North Texas. That game tips off at 3:05 p.m.

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