The Tulsa Golden Hurricanes host the Arkansas State Red Wolves Saturday in college basketball action. The Golden Hurricanes are off to a 7-1 start while the Red Wolves are 6-2. These two teams haven't played since 2007 when Tulsa won. Tipoff is Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Arkansas State beats OmahaThe Arkansas State Red Wolves improved to 6-2 with a 78-73 win over Omaha earlier this week. It wasn't easy as they had to overcome a 13-point deficit. Jerry Johnson led Arkansas State with 22 points off the bench. Johnson was five of 6 from three-point range. The Wolves made 22 of 26 free throws and that proved to the difference.Caleb Fields had 16 points and converted 10 of 11 from the charity stripe. Canberk Kus added 10 points. Antwon Jackson had 8 points and 7 boards.
Arkansas State improves to 6-2 on the season. Jerry Johnson Jr. had 22 pts in 78-73 victory over Omaha. Highlights/reaction at 10pm pic.twitter.com/gG6ts5ESvJ— Chris Hudgison (@ChrisHudgison) December 4, 2019
“Hats off to Omaha,” head coachMike Balado said., reported Arkansas State basketball. They have some good players and it was a good win for us. I thought our guys kept their composure. We didn’t shoot the ball very well in the first half and we made some adjustments in the second half and shot 56 percent. We passed the ball well and I was very happy with our win.”
Tulsa wins 6th straightThe Tulsa Golden Hurricanes improved to 7-1 with an easy 72-39 romp over Arkansas Pine Bluff. It was their 6th straight win. The outcome here was never in doubt as the Canes jumped out to a 30-16 halftime lead and cruised from there. Jeriah Horne scored a game-high 22 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He made 4-of-5 from three-point range and had 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
Brandon Rachal added 10 points, 6 rebounds for the Golden Hurricanes. He also had 4 steals.Tulsa shot 46-percent from the field and 47-percent from 3-point range. They were also a sparkling 83 percent from the free throw line. Pine Bluff only shot 32 percent against them. The defense forced 24 Pine Bluff turnovers.
"I thought defensively we were outstanding. If you look at our numbers defensively they were really, really good," said Tulsa head coachFrank Haith, reported Tulsa basketball. "I thought we were locked in. We had way too many turnovers, but if we cut some of those turnovers down, we'd probably hold them to the low 30s. We had some live ball turnovers that they turned into points."