Rashad Smith and James Woodard each posted 12 points and James Woodard carded 11 as Tulsa picked up a 73-57 winner over Cal-State Fullerton Saturday afternoon at the Reynolds Center.
The Golden Hurricane (5-9) rolled to an 18-4 lead early in the game, but later found themselves having to fight to hang on.
The Titans would get some offense going late in the first half. Suddenly, they would surge while Tulsa would miss its shots and the comfy lead began to wither.
TU led 32-28 at halftime and Cal-State Fullerton would get closer early in the second half. But the closer it got, the more determined Tulsa got to never allow the Titans put them behind.
“We jumped up to a great lead,” Smith said. “Then went through some difficulties on defense. Things got a little complex. We went back to what we did early in the game.”
The Golden Hurricane seized back control and extended the lead to 59-45 with six minutes remaining.
Alex Harris brought the Titans (5-9) to within 59-50 on a fastbreak dunk with 4:23 to go.
Tulsa would add on to the lead from that point.
TU would finished with 50 percent shooting, both overall (24-of-48) and from 3-point range (6-of-12) and 61 percent (19-of-31) from the free throw line.
The Titans were held to 37 percent (19-of-51), hit just six treys out of 18 attempts (33 percent) and sank 65 percent (13-of-20) from the free throw line.
Cal-State Fullerton out-boarded Tulsa, 36-29.
Conference USA action is next for TU. It will open that portion of the season at home Thursday against Tulane. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.