9:05 PM ET, January 10, 2005
Pan American Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- What a difference 48 miles and 48 hours made for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.Tulsa, coming off its worst defeat of the season in a 105-70 loss at Texas-El Paso Saturday night, traveled north to Las Cruces and bounced back Monday night with an 83-63 win over New Mexico State."After Saturday night's game, we had a pow-wow," said interim head coach Alvin Williamson of Tulsa. "We watched tape of that game for an hour or so. To a man, each player thought that they could have played better."It was all about energy," Williamson added. "We brought energy tonight."Tulsa (3-10) connected on 56.6 percent of its field goal attempts and held NMSU (4-10) to 28.6-percent shooting from the field.Tulsa, which led the entire game, jumped out to a 16-3 start by working the ball inside to Anthony Price. The 6-foot-8 Price made 8-of-12 field goals to lead the way with 17 points. He added nine rebounds."We were lucky enough to make a few shots early," said Williamson. "We were able to get (Price) off early.""On Sunday we practiced with intensity and focus and it carried over into the game," said Price.The Aggies, meanwhile, struggled throughout the night offensively. NMSU was 5-of-23 from the field in the first half and didn't improve much in the second half."When you keep missing shots, it takes your confidence away," said NMSU interim coach Tony Stubblelfield. "(Tulsa) didn't have a lot of confidence Saturday night, but they got it back tonight."Tulsa, which led by as many as 24 points, suffered several close losses this season."They have good talent," Stubblefield said of the Golden Hurricane. "Their talent is better than their record indicates."Jarius Glenn added 16 points for Tulsa, followed by Deion James with 13 and Chris Wallace with 10.Duane John and Allen Haynes led NMSU with 15 and 14 points, respectively. They were a combined 10-for-20 from the floor, while the rest of the team was 6-for-36.Saturday night's game was a matchup between two interim coaches. Williamson took over for John Phillips, who resigned on Dec. 25. Stubblefield is substituting for head coach Lou Henson, who is recovering from an illness.
|FG Made-Attempted||30-53 (.566)||16-56 (.286)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-11 (.727)||6-21 (.286)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-25 (.600)||25-32 (.781)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||30 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
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