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Early Exit For Herd

TULSA, Okla. — Jerome Jordan had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Tulsa closed with a 27-7 run en route to an 80-64 victory over Marshall on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.

Tulsa (23-10) will play top-seeded Texas-El Paso in the semifinals Friday.

Ben Uzoh added 18 points and Justin Hurtt 15 for the fifth-seeded Golden Hurricane. Donte Medder had 11 points, including two 3-pointers in the decisive Tulsa run.

Tyler Wilkerson had 16 points and Hassan Whiteside had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for Marshall (23-9).

Tulsa trailed by nine early in the second half and 58-53 when Jordan scored on a slam to spark a 16-0 run.

He had another slam moments later to tie the game at 58, then hit two jump hooks over Whiteside to make it 66-58.

Wilkerson picked up his fourth foul early in the surge and went to the bench.

Tulsa took advantage of Wilkerson’s absence.

Medder’s 3-pointer capped the scoring spurt and Marshall could get no closer than eight points over the final five minutes.

The 16 points by Wilkerson sent him past 1,000 career points with 1,011.

The game was a matchup of 7-foot centers.

The 7-foot Jordan also had two blocks to go with his points and rebounds.

Whiteside — a fresman — leads the nation with 174 blocked shots and ranks seventh on the all-time NCAA Div. I season list.

While the Herd won’t go to the NCAA, they’ll await an NIT or CBI invitation.