November 5, 2007

Tulsa clobbers MSSU in exhibition play

Senior guard Rod Earls paced the University of Tulsa with 18 points, seven assists and four steals, and true freshman Glenn Andrews added 17 points and four assists, as the Golden Hurricane shot 61-percent on its way to an 89-60 exhibition win over Missouri Southern State University on Monday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

"We need to tighten up a few areas in our defense and turnovers, but overall, we did a pretty good job of playing hard and coming out with the win," said Earls. "I just wanted to come out and start this year off right, since I'm a leader and this is my last year. Hopefully, we can do big things here."

"He played a fantastic game," Head Coach Doug Wojcik said of Earls. "It may be the best game he's played here at Tulsa."

Tulsa out-rebounded their opponent 45-29 and held the Lions to 33.9-percent from the field, but struggled from the free throw line (6-of-11) and beyond the arc (5-of-18). The Hurricane also turned the ball over 19 times in a game that often resembled a track meet.

"We did some things well, but we did some things poorly," Wojcik described. "We've got to clean up the turnovers."

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