TU drops tough game on the road against Temple
Junior Etou recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, but Temple outscored Tulsa 7-2 in the final three minutes to score a 59-58 win on Wednesday night at Liacouras Center.
Etou went 4-of-6 from the floor and pulled down 14 of his 15 rebounds on the defensive end for the Golden Hurricane (10-9, 3-4). Martins Igbanu neared a double-double with 12 points and eight boards, while Sterling Taplin added 11 points and Lawson Korita had 10.
Tulsa shot 51.9-percent in the second half to finish at 42.6-percent for the game and the Hurricane held a 44-39 advantage on the glass.
Meanwhile, Quinton Rose led all scorers with 19 points for the Owls (9-9, 2-5) and Obi Enechionyia scored 15 points, all of which came in the second half. Temple was limited to just 32.4-percent shooting, but scored 15 points off 18 Tulsa turnovers.
Korita’s offensive rebound and jumper with 2:33 to play gave Tulsa a 58-54 lead. However, Enechionyia hit a 3-pointer with just 1:24 remaining and after an offensive rebound, Josh Brown’s layup with just 28 seconds left provided the final 59-58 margin.
Tulsa had a chance in the closing seconds, but Temple had four fouls to give and used three to shrink the game down to 3.3 seconds. Tulsa had an inbounds play under the basket, but the pass got away from the Hurricane as time expired.
After shooting 33.3-percent in the first half, Tulsa came out firing in the second half and hit six of its first eight shots for a 41-35 advantage. Igbanu got the Hurricane going with back-to-back buckets to start the half and the hot start also included 3-pointers by Etou and Taplin.
With 12:04 to play, DaQuan Jeffries’ dunk gave Tulsa its largest lead of the night, 45-38, only to watch the Owls get back in the game behind the arc.
Eight of Temple’s 12 field goals in the second half came from behind the arc, including a pair from Enechionyia in the final four minutes.
Both defenses controlled the pace in the early minutes of the first half, but Tulsa heated up and hit 4-of-5 shots for a 17-13 lead. After a technical foul on the Owls, Korita sandwiched a pair of triples around a Corey Henderson Jr. 3-pointer for the advantage.
The Owls had a four-point lead in the final minute of the half before the Golden Hurricane went 2-for-1 with time winding down and the move worked to perfection as two Sterling Taplin layups knotted the score at 26 at the break.
Tulsa will return home for a 7 p.m. matchup on Saturday, Jan. 20, against Memphis (13-6, 4-2) at the Reynolds Center.