NCAAB Game Recap - Tulsa at Connecticut
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:00 PM EST

SDSU
71
UNLV
67
F
MSU
70
Minn
52
F
UCLA
75
Oreg
96
F
MD
77
Ind
76
F
SoFL
49
Hou
68
F
(N/A)
41
Princ
87
F
Tuls
79
UConn
75
F(OT)
UVA
65
Wake
63
F(OT)
Monm
94
Iona
88
F
Niag
53
StPet
58
F
Quin
61
Sien
84
F
Rider
67
Manh
63
F
Canis
55
Fairf
63
F
Ford
39
StLou
55
F
Xav
66
Crei
77
F
LoyIL
62
NrthIA
67
F(OT)
MOSt
69
Drake
71
F
Evans
65
Valpa
67
F
Stan
50
Cal
52
F
OhSt
71
NW
59
F

Jan 26, 2020, 12:00 PM EST

Final (OT)

1

2

OT

T

Tulsa (14-6)

28

33

18

79

Connecticut (10-9)

23

38

14

75

Tulsa holds off UConn 79-75 in overtime for 5th straight win
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:10 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Tulsa coach Frank Haith was impressed with the character his team showed on Sunday.

The Golden Hurricane saw a nine-point lead disappear in the second half, but rallied to beat UConn 79-75 in overtime to pick up their fifth straight win and sixth in the last seven games.

Martins Igbanu scored a career-high 28 points, while Darien Jackson and Brandon Rachal each added 14 for Tulsa (14-6, 6-1 American). which was coming off a 40-point rout of No. 20 Memphis on Wednesday.

The Golden Hurricane were picked to finish 10th in the American Athletic Conference but are currently in first place.

"I thought our team did a great job of handling the adversities that come with playing on the road and did some really gut-checking things," Haith said.

Freshman James Bouknight had 16 points for the Huskies (10-9, 1-5) who have lost four straight and six of seven.

Tulsa led by five points at halftime and was up 41-32 after a layup from Jackson early in the second half.

But UConn responded with a trapping press on defense and went on a 12-0 run, highlighted by Sidney Wilson's drive through contact that gave the Huskies the lead.

A 3-pointer from Jeriah Horne from the left wing tied the game at 58 with just under two minutes to play and a goaltending call on Akok Akok with 50 seconds left put the Hurricane up by two.

It was 61-58 when Jackson leaped to block Christian Vital's 3-point attempt from the left baseline with 3.4 seconds left, but was called for a foul.

Vital, who was just 3 of 14 from the floor, hit the first two foul shots before a Tulsa timeout, then calmly hit the third in front of a silent arena to tie the game.

But it would not be enough.

"Great effort, toughness, grit, can't make up for not having the ability just to have a guy or two that down the stretch of a game can just take hold of it," UConn coach Dan Hurley said.

Tulsa scored the first six points of extra time on a layup by Rachal, an alley-oop dunk by Jackson and pair of free throws from Igbanu, then held off the Huskies the rest of the way.

The Hurricane made all five of their shots in overtime and were 8 of 10 from the foul line.

"We emphasize the next play," said Igbanu. "When something happens, it's happened in the past, you can't do anything about it. If you are able to move forward and stop worrying about the past, I think you'll be in very good shape and I think that's something this team does really well."

BIG PICTURE

Tulsa came in holding opponents to fewer than 64 points a game. Just six teams this season have scored more than 70 points on the Hurricane.

UConn's previous three losses came by three points in double-overtime to Wichita State, six points to Villanova and four points to Houston. Connecticut is now 56-58 in American Athletic Conference play. The Huskies rejoin the Big East next season, where they were 325-233 in 34 regular seasons.

"(It's) a tough locker room in there," said Hurley. "I don't think I've ever seen a team go through a four-game stretch like this."

STATS OF THE GAME

Tulsa outrebounded UConn 42-34 and outscored the Huskies 42-32 in the paint. The Golden Hurricane shot 49.1% from the floor while holding UConn to 39.7%.

"Defense is the key. We don't even think about the offense," said Igbanu. "When we are able to stop guys, we have a pretty good chance of running the offense, running the floor and everybody scores."

BLOCK PARTY

UConn's Akok blocked seven shot to go with 13 points and seven rebounds. He now has 57 on the season for the Huskies, who have 116 as a team.

UP NEXT

Tulsa returns home to face Wichita State on Saturday, before hosting the Huskies on Feb. 6.

UConn returns to campus to face Temple on Wednesday before heading to Memphis on Saturday.

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Leaders

Tulsa PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Ugboh 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Hill 0 0 1 3 0 0
Connecticut PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Carlton 0 0 2 2 0 1
J. Bouknight 16 0 1 2 0 0

Team Comparison

Tuls UConn
Points For 79 75
Field Goals 26/53-49% 27/68-40%
Three Pointers 3/10-30% 9/33-27%
Free Throws 24/32-75% 12/15-80%
Offensive Rebounds 8 10
Defensive Rebounds 34 24
Rebounds 45 34
Blocks 2 8
Steals 6 4
Turnovers 13 10
Personal Fouls 14 26
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Tuls Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Jan 26 Tuls 79 @ UConn 75 L. Korita 2 I. Whaley 1

Game Information

Stadium: XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut
Attendance: 10,509
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