Tulsa uses late run to break open close game
TULSA, Okla. (AP)—Jerome Jordan scored 18 points, including two clinching free throws, to help lead Tulsa to a 73-68 victory over Bradley in the first game of a best-of-three series in the College Basketball Invitational finals on Monday.
Jordan, who also had 13 rebounds and four blocks, ignited a 13-3 run by slamming home a lob from Ben Uzoh to give the Golden Hurricane (24-13) a 49-48 lead.
After an inside basket by Sam Mitchell, Uzoh scored on a drive and a 3-pointer and Jordan scored inside. Uzoh then made one of two free throws, created a steal and passed ahead to Brett McDade for a layup to give Tulsa a 61-51 advantage with 4:44 to play.
A steal and layup by Daniel Ruffin started a Bradley rally that cut the lead to 65-57 with 2:52 left. Bradley got within 66-64 on a 3-pointer by Sam Maniscalco with 1:25 remaining.
After McDade hit two free throws for Tulsa with 52 seconds left, Bradley (20-16) missed three 3s on its next possession.
Free throws by Jordan and Rod Earls sealed the win.
Game 2 of the series will be played Wednesday night at Bradley. Game 3, if necessary, would be Friday at Tulsa.
Uzoh added 18 points for Tulsa, which outrebounded Bradley 47-30.
The Golden Hurricane had 17 turnovers, but shot just 59.5 percent from the line (22 of 37) and was 5 of 19 on 3-pointers.
- Tulsa uses late run to break open close game
- Unsung heroes lead Oregon to Elite Eight
- Michigan's March magic ends against Oregon's stifling defense
- Follow NCAA tournament Sweet 16 action
- The Vertical Mock Draft, Version 2.0
- Dillon Brooks' inextinguishable competitive fire has fueled Oregon's rise
- Duke forward Jayson Tatum to declare for NBA draft
- March Madness 2017: Ranking the most compelling potential Final Four matchups
- Jordan Mathews' go-ahead 3-pointer propels Gonzaga into the Elite Eight
- Best bets for Friday's NCAA Sweet 16 matchups
- NCAA gives North Carolina deadline to repeal HB2
- John Thompson III out at Georgetown after 13 seasons
- How will Kansas defend Caleb Swanigan and Purdue, the team built to beat it?
- Best bets for Thursday's NCAA Sweet 16 matchups
- From immortal to quite mortal, Kentucky's Unforgettables face midlife challenges 25 years after their greatest moment
- Ranking this week's Sweet 16 games from most to least compelling