Dec. 5, 2012
TULSA, Okla. -- In an otherwise even first half, Tulsa took advantage of its ample free throw opportunities to take a 28-22 lead into the intermission here.
After Christian Kirk pulled the Bears within 22-20 at the 3:20 mark, TU scored four of its last six points of the period at the line, including two shots by James Woodard on what was ruled a flagrant foul on Keith Pickens. Pickens contested a break-away layup by Woodard and missed a swipe at a block, but both players kept their feet when the foul was called. TU was unable to take advantage of the extra possession, and the Bears scored the final bucket of the period on a floater by Dorrian Williams.
MSU has 5 points apiece from hometown product Drew Wilson who is 2-for-2 from the field with 3 rebounds and a free throw. Nathan Scheer also has 5 points on the team's only 3-pointer of the half. Christian Kirk has 4 points, as does Williams.
MSU was 9-for-27 (.333) from the field, 1-for-9 (.111) from bonus distance and 3-of-4 (.750) at the line. MSU out-rebounded the Golden Hurricane 17-15 and committed 7 turnovers.
Tulsa was led by Pat Swilling's 7 points. UT was 9-for-23 (.391) from the field, 1-for-5 (.200) from long range and 9-of-10 (.900) at the line in the difference-making stat of the period. Tulsa has 5 turnovers.
The Bears are looking to break a 3-game losing streak and trailed by as many as 9 (18-9 at the 6:53 mark).