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Tulsa wins at UTEP; moves in first place tie

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Hurricane FlagsUniversity of Tulsa Sports Information Department

Tulsa continues its winning ways, making things look good itself as the end of the college basketball postseason draws near.

The Golden Hurricane appears to be on a streak just like its coach Danny Manning was 26 years ago with his Kansas Jayhawks, when they went on to surprise people with the national championship.

TU (16-12 overall, 11-3 in Conference USA) won its sixth straight game Thursday night when it upended UTEP 65-60 in a key road battle.

As a result of the win, Tulsa is now tied with Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee for first place in the league.

Shaquille Harrison led TU with 15 points, James Woodard scored 13 and Rashad Smith got 11.

John Bohannon led the Miners (20-9, 10-4) with a double-double -- a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, Julian Washburn scored 14 and Vince Hunter logged 12.

Tulsa led most of the game, but trailed 46-45 after a layup from Bohannon with 7:41 remaining. It got the lead back 18 seconds later after two free throws from Stevi Repichowski.

Never again would the Golden Hurricane be behind on the scoreboard again.

An inside layup from Smith gave TU a 63-58 advantage with 43 seconds left. With 12 seconds left, Harrison sank two free throws.

Both teams shot 41 percent (Tulsa -- 23-of-56; UTEP -- 21-of-51). TU made two 3s and UTEP had zero, and from the free throw line, the Hurricane sank 74 percent (17-of-23) from the foul line, while the Miners sank 78 percent (18-of-23).

TU meets UTSA at 3:05 p.m. It will honor the 1993-94 team, which made the Sweet Sixteen that season.

With road construction taking place at 11th and Harvard, fans are being recommended to take an alternative rout.