Tulsa 66, Arkansas-Little Rock 60
TULSA, Okla. (AP)—Brett McDade nailed a desperation 30-footer as the shot clock expired with 1:42 left, then made five of six free throws in the final 37 seconds as Tulsa weathered a strong second-half rally for a 66-60 victory Saturday over Arkansas-Little Rock.
Arkansas-Little Rock (2-2) trailed 36-13 at halftime, but outscored Tulsa 17-7 to open the second half, then continued to inch closer behind the strong inside play of Lekheythan Malone and Bryon Ray, who led the Trojans with 16 points each.
UALR closed within 54-50 on a basket by Malone with 3:44 to play, but Tulsa’s Charles Ramsdell countered with a 3-pointer to make it 57-50.
After UALR again battled within 58-54 and seemed about to force a Tulsa turnover, McDade, a point guard, let fly with his dagger that again gave the Golden Hurricane breathing room at 61-54.
McDade and Ramsdell led Tulsa (2-0) with 11 points each.
Tulsa, after shooting 50 percent and limiting UALR to 30 percent in the first half, made just 5 of 19 field goals in the second half.
Tulsa did make 19 of 23 free throws in the second half, including 7 of 8 by Darrold Crow, who scored all nine of his points after halftime.
UALR, in a role reversal, improved to 50 percent in the second half, scoring 47 points after tying a Reynolds Center record for futility with just 13 points in the first half.
UALR trailed 61-57 when it forced Tulsa into a 5-second violation with 51 seconds left. Rashad Jones-Jennings made one of two free throws to bring the Trojans within 61-58.
McDade was fouled and made one of two free-throw attempts, then Brandon Nichols misfired on a 3-point attempt for UALR. McDade sank two free throws with 20 seconds left to put Tulsa ahead 64-58.
Terrance Akins added 11 points for UALR. Jones-Jennings had 13 rebounds as the Trojans outrebounded Tulsa 36-30.