Tulsa dealt No. 16 SMU its first home loss of the season on Wednesday, overcoming an eight-point second-half deficit to beat the Mustangs, 82-77, in Dallas.
It was Tulsa’s first road win over a ranked team since beating No. 5 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion in the 1996-97 season-opener.
“We needed that one,” Tulsa senior guard Shaquille Harrison said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “We knew coming in it was going to be a tough battle. We knew they had big-time players like Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy, so we came in here and got the win. It feels good. That’s probably one of the best teams I’ve played in my career. They’re one of the more well-rounded teams. It’s not one person. They play together.”
Harrison led the way for Tulsa, finishing with 21 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals. The Golden Hurricanes (16-8, 8-4) shot a blistering 58.5 percent from the floor, including 25-of-38 (65.8 percent) from inside the arc.
“Guys came out firing,” Harrison said. “Guys hit big-time shots. You got to play like that if you want to beat a team like SMU. You can’t come in shooting 30 percent. You got to come in pretty hot, so that’s what we did tonight.”
James Woodard and Pat Birt combined for 37 points, drilling all six of Tulsa’s three-pointers in the process. SMU hit 11 threes – including six by Moore, who finished with a game-high 27 points – but shot just 10-of-18 (47.8 percent) from the foul line.
Tulsa has won eight of its last 10 games, with one of the losses coming on the road in overtime, and has beaten two ranked teams in Wichita State and SMU. It is the first time since 1999-2000 that Tulsa has beaten multiple ranked teams in a season.
Have the Golden Hurricanes done enough to snag a spot in the NCAA Tournament?
“Honestly, I’ll let the NCAA committee worry about that,” Harrison said. “I’m just focused on wins right now. Whatever happens at the end is what happens. So I’m just trying to win every game possible right now.”
Tulsa plays Connecticut (17-6, 7-3) on the road this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.