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Tulsa 81, Rice 72

EL PASO, Texas -- Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points and Justin Hurtt added 15 to lead Tulsa to an 81-72 victory against Rice in a quarterfinal game in the Conference USA tournament on Thursday night.

Steven Idlet had 12 points and eight rebounds for the second-seeded Golden Hurricane (19-12), who have won nine of their last 11 games and play No. 3 seed UTEP in a semifinal contest on Friday.

Tamir Jackson scored 15 points and Arsalan Kazemi 12 for the 10th-seeded Owls (14-18), who never led on Thursday.

Lucas Kuipers' 3-pointer got Rice within 74-70 with 59 seconds remaining, but Tulsa protected the lead by making 7 of 10 free-throw attempts down the stretch.