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Tulsa deals Herd 5th straight loss

TULSA, Okla. — Jerome Jordan scored 24 points, including the final four points of the game, as Tulsa rallied to defeat Marshall 73-69.

Tulsa maintained a share of the Conference USA lead at 7-1 and moved to 18-4 overall, while Marshall dropped its fourth consecutive game and is 15-7 and 4-4 in the conference.

Tulsa trailed most of the game, including by 15 points in the first half, and Marshall led 69-67 with 1:23 to play on the final basket by Tyler Wilkerson, who had a career high 26 points and a team high seven rebounds.

With the score tied at 69, Jordan sank two free throws that gave Tulsa the lead with 23.7 seconds left, Uzoh blocked a driving shot by Shaquille Johnson. As Marshall attempted to foul, Bryson Pope found Jordan alone for the uncontested dunk to seal the outcome.

Stephen Idlet’s jump hook gave Tulsa its first lead at 45-43 as the Hurricane opened the second half on a 17-6 run. Stephen Idlet had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Jordan had 12 rebounds and three blocks in winning the battle of 7- footers with Marshall’s Hassan Whiteside, who had 10 points, five blocks and one rebound.

Ben Uzoh, who averages 16.3 points per game, was held to just five points, but made a 17-foot jumper with 56.3 seconds, to play to tie the score at 69.

Wilkerson went for 11 first-half points as Marshall built a 29-14 lead before settling for a 37-28 halftime lead.

Jordan and Uzoh combined to make just 3 of 15 field goals in the half.

Wilkerson scored six points in the 15-5 Marshall run that swelled a 14-9 early lead to 29-14.

Justin Hurtt scored nine of his 18 points in the half to keep Tulsa within reach.