Through six games, the Golden Hurricane men’s basketball team boasts a 5–1 record against conference opponents after recording victories this week against Tulane and South Florida.
When the Tulane Green Wave came to town, guard Sterling Taplin lead the way with a career high 24 for an offensive explosion for Tulsa. Tulane took a large lead early at 15–3, but Tulsa dominated the rest of the first half to take a 42–28 lead into halftime.
They continued the strong shooting performance in the second half to prevent the Green Wave from mounting a comeback. Tulane scored 54 points in the second half, but Tulsa scored 47 of their own with over 50 percent shooting accuracy to preserve the lead.
The Golden Hurricane then travelled to Tampa to take on the South Florida Bulls. In the game, the defense carried the team.
While Tulsa still played well on the offensive end, with four players scoring in double figures, the deciding factor in the game was holding the Bulls to only 36 percent shooting from the field for 67 points.
Corey Henderson led the way with a career high 22 points for Tulsa, and the final score was 79–67 in favor of TU.
After some struggles in non-conference play, Tulsa has gelled together and put up a strong showing at the start of conference play. Their 5–1 conference record is tied for third in the conference with Central Florida, who they face at home next weekend.
Tulsa’s next game is on the road against East Carolina on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m.