Tulsa fought back from an eight-point second half deficit, took a four point lead of their own, then watched as Missouri State forced overtime, then scored the final seven points of the game to win, 69-64 Saturday night in Springfield, Missouri.
Missouri State (4-0) scored six straight points to establish an early lead and held the lead until Tulsa went on a 15-5 run to lead 50-46 with 3:01 remaining. But, the Bears fought back, knotting the game at 56-56 on a 3-pointer by Anthony Downing with eight seconds left to force overtime.
In the extra period, the Golden Hurricane would lead 64-62 after a tip-in by Joe Richard at the 1:40 mark, but it would be the last time they'd score.
Kyle Weems buried a 3-pointer just twelve seconds later to give the Bears the lead for good. An offensive foul by Richard would be followed by a free throw by Jarmar Gulley for a 66-64 advantage.
Weems then came up with a steal that turned into a lay-up by Anthony Downing and a four-point lead with 43 seconds to play.
The shots would not fall in the final minute for the Golden Hurricane as both Kodi Maduka and Jordan Clarkson missed 3-point attempts that could have pulled Tulsa closer.
Clarkson led Tulsa (4-3) with 23 points. Scottie Haralson added 15 and Maduka had 11 points and a team-best 13 rebounds. But, the Golden Hurricane had problems at the free throw line, missing 14 attempts, and also committed 21 turnovers.
Caleb Patterson led Missouri State with 19 points. Weems scored 17 and Gulley added 16.
After a 3-and-0 start, Tulsa has now dropped three of its last four games. They will travel up the Cimarron Turnpike for Wednesday night's game at Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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