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NCAA Game Summary - Middle Tennessee vs. Tulsa



(Friday, March 14th)

Final Score: Tulsa 76, Middle Tennessee 69

El Paso, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Woodard scored 19 points, leading four starters in double figures, as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane defeated the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 76-69, in the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament at the Don Haskins Center.

Rashad Smith was responsible for another 16 points for second-seeded Tulsa (20-12), followed by Tim Peete and Shaquille Harrison with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Leading the way for third-seeded Middle Tennessee (24-9) were Neiko Hunter and Jaqawn Raymond with 19 points apiece, the former also clearing a game-high 10 rebounds during the setback. Kerry Hammonds pitched in with 11 points, even though he shot just 2-of-8 from the floor.

The Blue Raiders led by as many as seven points in the first half, but Tulsa eventually moved out to a 35-29 advantage at the break after shooting 52.2 percent from the floor, as well as 10-of-14 at the free-throw line.

Both teams had trouble finding the basket in the second half, with each converting only 11 field goals, but the Golden Hurricane kept their distance by connecting on 17-of-25 at the charity stripe, en route to the seven-point win.

In addition to being outscored at the free-throw line, 27-19, the Blue Raiders also hurt themselves with 21 turnovers on the day.

With the victory Tulsa will now take on Louisiana Tech in the title game on Saturday for the right to represent C-USA in the NCAA Tournament.

03/14 22:19:52 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 50
CIN 46
 
4th
BOS 65
MIA 76
 
2nd
NYK 45
LAL 34
 
Final
FSU 55
MIAMI 54
Final
YOUNG 80
OU 96
 
Final
ECU 50
CIN 46
 
3rd
MSU 66
MICH 66
 
Half
DAY 47
FORD 30
 
Half
MON 24
MAN 42
 
2nd
CAN 37
MAR 45
 
Half
NIAG 41
QUIN 39
 
1st
USC 9
UTAH 23
 
3:00pm Today
WASH
CAL
3:00pm Today
HOU
UCONN
3:00pm Today
WILL
NDST
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
ARI 1
 
3rd
WAS 2
STL 3
 
2nd
PIT 0
NAS 2
 
3:00pm Today
VAN
MIN
6:30pm Tonight
SEA
NEP