Tulsa hung tough but gave up too many runs including a 17-5 spurt that closed the game, leading to a 76-59 loss to UCLA in a first round game of the NCAA Tournament Friday night at Viejas Arena in San Diego.
The 13th-seeded Golden Hurricane, who finish their season at 21-13, could not overcome the size of the fourth-seeded Bruins (27-8).
TU used a 12-4 run to tie the score at 30-30 in the first half. The Bruins would score the next five points to lead 35-30 at the break.
Tulsa got the first basket of the second half on a tip-in by De-Andre Wright. UCLA would roll with the next 10 points.
An jumper from Wright with 4:54 left in the game capped an 11-2 spurt that brought TU to within 59-54. The Bruins would bust out the next 13 points before Tulsa scored again.
Wright led TU with 18 points, while James Woodard extended his consecutive double-digit scoring streak to 27 games with 11 points. Jordan Adams led the Bruins with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Norman Powell had 15 and Tony Parker 11 points for UCLA.
Tulsa shot 37 percent (21-of-57) from the floor and the same percentage from 3-point range (7-of-19) and 71 percent (10-of-14) from the free throw line.
The Bruins finished with 46 percent (29-of-63) from the field, 31 percent (5-of-19) in 3s and 87 percent (13-of-15) from the free throw line.