The Golden Hurricane men’s basketball offense faltered as the team dropped their second straight game, 70–45 against UConn.
The Huskies started the game hot, running out to a 10–0 lead only three minutes into the game, and the Golden Hurricane never caught up.
For the remainder of the first half, UConn never led by less than 6, and held Tulsa’s offense to only 17 points as they took a 26–17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, Tulsa’s lackluster offense picked up, scoring 28 points. However, UConn’s offense picked up considerably, putting up 44 points in the second half alone to run away with the game.
Just five minutes into the half, the Huskies had pushed their lead over twenty points, leading 41–20. For the remainder of the game, the lead fluctuated between 15 and 25 points.
The closest Tulsa could come was 50–35 with seven minutes left in the game, but UConn shut down the comeback from there, and the game ended with a 70–45 victory for The Huskies.
The 45-point offensive output is the lowest for the Golden Hurricane this season.
Said Tulsa coach Frank Haith, “Defensively, they were really good. We really struggled scoring around the basket.”
The game had a very different outcome than the previous meeting between the two teams in Tulsa, in which the Golden Hurricane controlled the tempo of the game and came away with a 66–58 win.
In that game, Tulsa guard James Woodard scored 21 points; he was kept scoreless the entire game in Connecticut.
With the loss, the Golden Hurricane fall to 17–7 (10–2 American Athletic Conference), and now sit at second in the American Athletic Conference standings, ahead of third place Temple, who have a 19–7 (10–3 AAC) record and behind conference-leading SMU, who are 21–5 (12–2 AAC).