Middle Tennessee vs Tulsa

Tulsa rallies past Middle Tennessee 76-69 in CUSA


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EL PASO, Texas (AP) James Woodard scored 19 points and Tim Peete added 13 - 11 after halftime - as second-seeded Tulsa won its tenth straight and bounced No. 3 seed Middle Tennessee 76-69 in a Conference USA semifinal on Friday.

The Golden Hurricane (20-12) advance to Saturday's title game for the third time, first since 2009, to face Louisiana Tech, which eliminated Southern Miss 88-70 in the other semifinal on Friday.

Tulsa closed the first half on a 14-3 run in the last 6:29, leading 35-29 and never trailing after.

Middle Tennessee (24-9) was often within a basket of taking the lead after halftime, but Woodard and Peete each hit clutch 3-pointers to break open one-point leads. Rashad Smith scored 14.

Neiko Hunter scored six straight points in the final 40 seconds, pulling the Blue Raiders to 72-69, but Woodard and Peete iced the game with four free throws. Hunter led the Raiders with 19 points and 10 boards, Jaqawn Raymond scored 18.

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Scoreboard
Middle Tennessee (24-9)294069
Tulsa (20-12) «354176
MTSU:J. Raymond 19 Pts
MTSU:N. Hunter 10 Reb
MTSU:J. Raymond 3 Ast
TULSA:J. Woodard 19 Pts
TULSA:R. Smith 5 Reb
TULSA:R. Ray 2 Ast
 

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Middle TennesseeTulsa
MTSU
Neiko Hunter
TULSA
James Woodard
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
191011922
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
N. Hunter, F367-154-4101119
K. Hammonds II, G-F262-86-920411
T. Knight, G200-10-03240
S. Jones, F193-72-46058
R. Upshaw, F110-30-02020
J. Raymond, G315-114-513519
J. Rozier, F271-23-59145
M. Tarrance, G193-40-01047
T. Jefferson, G110-10-00120
Z. Gibson, GDid Not Play
T. Walker, CDid Not Play
G. Gibson, GDid Not Play
T. Chilton, GDid Not Play
B. Johnson, GDid Not Play
J. Phillips, FDid Not Play
R. Ross, GDid Not Play
E. Wortham, Jr., GDid Not Play
Totals 21-5219-273483169
 40.4%70.4% 
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
J. Woodard, G384-109-1422119
S. Harrison, G322-46-731210
T. Peete, G262-56-811011
R. Smith, F217-102-450416
D. Wright, F131-40-05052
R. Ray, G292-63-42227
L. Evans, F243-80-05046
B. Swannegan, F172-31-23025
B. Hunter, GDid Not Play
P. Swilling, Jr., GDid Not Play
N. Wood, GDid Not Play
M. Curtis, G-FDid Not Play
T. Edogi, FDid Not Play
E. Ezechinonso, FDid Not Play
R. Kemmer, FDid Not Play
S. Repichowski, GDid Not Play
Totals 23-5027-392662076
 46.0%69.2% 
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
So. Miss13-329-7
La. Tech13-329-8
Middle Tenn.13-324-9
Tulsa13-321-13
UTEP12-423-11
Old Dominion9-718-18
Tulane8-817-17
UAB7-918-13
Charlotte7-917-14
FIU7-915-16
North Texas6-1016-16
E. Carolina5-1117-17
FAU5-1110-22
Marshall4-1211-22
UT-San Antonio4-128-22
Rice2-147-23
 
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