The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, March 2, 4:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Donald Reynolds Center (8,355) -- Tulsa, Oklahoma. Television: None. Home Record: UTSA 7-8, Tulsa 10-3. Away Record: UTSA 1-11, Tulsa 5-7. Neutral Record: UTSA 0-0, Tulsa 1-2. Conference Record: UTSA 4-10, Tulsa 11-3. Series Record: Tulsa leads, 3-0.
GAME NOTES: The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will attempt to maintain their torrid pace by adding on to a six-game winning streak, but will have to go through the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners to do so in a Conference USA clash at Donald Reynolds Center.
UTSA has dropped three consecutive games and seven of its last eight. The Roadrunners are coming off a 71-62 loss to North Texas on Thursday night, which set them back to 4-10 in the conference standings.
Tulsa has been one of the hottest teams in Conference USA this month, having won six in a row and seven of its last eight. The Golden Hurricane defeated once conference leader UTEP Thursday, 65-60, to improve to 11-3 in the league.
Tulsa has won all three prior matchups between the two programs in the series history. It's the first and only time these new Conference USA foes will meet on the court during the regular season.
UTSA led North Texas at the half on Thursday night, 32-24, but the Mean Green rallied using a 19-6 second-half run to fuel the comeback which downed UTSA for the third straight contest. Edrico McGregor netted 13 points with seven rebounds, and Keon Lewis contributed 13 points of his own to pace the Roadrunners in the loss. Devon Agusi tallied 12 points and nine boards, narrowly missing out on the double-double. He added five assists to his stat line.
Lewis leads the Roadrunners in scoring this season with a 13 ppg average on 37.6 percent shooting from the floor. Lewis' 62 assists on the year are three behind Agusi for the team lead, while Agusi checks in at second in scoring with 11.6 ppg. Jordan Sims adds 10.6 ppg, a team-high 33 steals and a UTSA- high 72 3-pointers. Phillip Jones tops the Roadrunners with 6 rpg.
Tulsa grabbed a 30-24 lead over UTEP as the teams broke for the intermission on Thursday, and Shaquille Harrison made sure the Miners stayed behind throughout the second half. Harrison netted 13 of his 15 points in the second period, and UTEP could only shave one point off the first-half lead as Tulsa came away victorious. Harrison's 15 points was a team high, while James Woodard chipped in 13 points with six rebounds. Rashad Smith contributed 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting for Tulsa.
Woodard tops the Golden Hurricane in scoring on the season with a 14.6 ppg average on 43.1 percent shooting from the floor. Woodard boasts a well-rounded stat line, leading the team with 5.9 rpg, and adding 52 assists and 27 steals. Harrison tops the team with 97 assists and 51 steals, and adds 10 ppg. Smith is second behind Woodard in scoring with 12.5 ppg.
Tulsa, which averages 73.1 ppg as a team, should have no trouble running up the points against a UTSA unit that gives up 77.5 ppg to its opponents.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tulsa 77, UTSA 66
03/02 10:34:13 ET