TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Justin Hurtt scored 17 points, Jerome Jordan 16 and Ben Uzoh 15 and Tulsa wiped out a 15-point halftime deficit in a 73-62 victory over Rice in the first round of the Conference USA tournament Wednesday night.
Tulsa (22-10), the fifth seed, advances to play fourth seed Marshall in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
The 12th-seeded Owls (8-23) were nearly flawless in the opening 20 minutes, jumping to an 8-0 lead and building it to 26-14. After Tulsa pulled within 28-22, Rice closed with a 13-4 run to lead 41-26 at the break.
Connor Frizzelle, who led the Owls with 17 points, was 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the half. Tamir Jackson had 13 points and Suleiman Braimoh 12 for Rice.
Tulsa outscored Rice 47-21 in the second half. The Hurricane took the lead for good on Hurtt's dunk at 60-59.