Tulsa defeats East Carolina 70-67

The Associated PressJanuary 14, 2012

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points and Kodi Maduka scored all 17 of his points in the second half as Tulsa edged East Carolina 70-67 Saturday.

Maduka also had 10 rebounds, as he and Clarkson matched their season scoring highs.

The Golden Hurricane (9-9, 2-2 Conference USA) raced to a 22-4 advantage behind 11 points by Clarkson, who scored 19 by halftime.

After making two of their first 13 shots, the Pirates (9-7, 0-3) made eight of their next 10 and trailed 40-33 at halftime.

East Carolina continued to come back, led by Miguel Paul's 13 points, all In the second half. His 3-pointer made it 67-65, but Maduka's three-point play made it 70-65 with 44 seconds left.

With a chance to tie, the Pirates missed two 3-pointers in the final 24 seconds.

Darrius Morrow scored 18 points for East Carolina and Maurice Kemp had 10 points and 10 rebounds.