Losing streak snapped at six

28 February 2017
Joseph Edmunds, Sports Writer

The men’s basketball team won their last two home games to get back on track before the final two games of the season.

Returning home from a pair of road games, the Golden Hurricane men’s basketball ended their six game losing streak with a victory against USF, completing the season sweep against the Bulls.

Tulsa jumped out to a large lead early, pulling ahead 15–1 in the first five minutes. The Bulls did their best to catch up for the remainder of the half, and managed to pull within five points before the halftime break.

In the second half, USF appeared to be ready to take control of the game at multiple points, drawing the game to a tie. However, Corey Henderson made a key three point shot that led to a Tulsa run that opened the lead back up. This time, the Golden Hurricane stayed in front, and captured the 82–68 victory.

In their final home game of the season, Tulsa faced East Carolina, a team that they lost to on the road earlier in the season.

When the teams met at East Carolina, the Pirates took a double digit lead early, and Tulsa was forced to play from behind for most of the game. This time, the Pirates did take the lead early, but it wasn’t as significant. Tulsa removed that deficit quickly, and the teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the half, trading leads.

In the second half, Tulsa took a lead and kept it. The lead dropped to as little as two at times, but East Carolina was never able to tie the game again. The Golden Hurricane were able to stay in front, and close out the 74–66 win.

After the pair of wins, Tulsa is back to even on the season with a 14–14 (8–8 American Athletic Conference) record. Two games remain before the conference tournament starts. Both are road games. First up is SMU on Thursday at 7:00 p.m., followed by Tulane on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.