TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Shaquille Harrison scored 20 points and Marquel Curtis added 16 to help Tulsa upset No. 9 Wichita State 77-67 on Tuesday night, overcoming three years of frustration against the Shockers, who had won a school record seven straight in the long-running series.
The Shockers (1-1) were led by Ron Baker with 23 points and Anton Grady with 18. All-conference guard Fred VanVleet, hobbled by a sprained ankle and sore hamstring, added 11.
A four-point play by junior college transfer Pat Birt at 9:18 gave Tulsa a 57-51 advantage and the Hurricane slowly built on the advantage until it reached 69-57 with 4:02 left on two free throws by Harrison. WSU never came closer than nine points down the stretch.
Birt finished with 14 points and James Woodard had 13 for Tulsa, 2-0, which outrebounded Wichita State 38-32 and shot 46 percent to WSU’s 36.4 percent (20-for-55).