Tulsa storms back, defeats Rice 73-62

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TULSA, Okla. (AP)—Justin Hurtt scored 17 points, Jerome Jordan 16 and Ben Uzoh 15 and Tulsa wiped out a 15-point halftime deficit in a 73-62 victory over Rice in the first round of the Conference USA tournament Wednesday night.

Tulsa (22-10), the fifth seed, advances to play fourth seed Marshall in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The 12th-seeded Owls (8-23) were nearly flawless in the opening 20 minutes, jumping to an 8-0 lead and building it to 26-14. After Tulsa pulled within 28-22, Rice closed with a 13-4 run to lead 41-26 at the break.

Connor Frizzelle, who led the Owls with 17 points, was 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the half. Tamir Jackson had 13 points and Suleiman Braimoh 12 for Rice.

Tulsa outscored Rice 47-21 in the second half. The Hurricane took the lead for good on Hurtt’s dunk at 60-59.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Rice
Suleiman Braimoh Suleiman Braimoh
6-9,  12 Pts
7 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Tulsa
Ben Uzoh Ben Uzoh
4-10,  15 Pts
4 Rebs, 7 Assists

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