Tulsa is ready to play again like it was December and early January.
The Golden Hurricane (8-6, 5-4 American Athletic Conference) will attempt to disengage from a radio when it clashes with East Carolina (7-5, 1-5) on Saturday in Greeneville, NC
After a winning streak of six games from December 18 to January 6, Tulsa coach Frank Haith and his squad have lost three of the last four competitions.
The Golden Hurricane lost 76-67 to Temple in Philadelphia on Tuesday, despite Rey Idowu taking 20 points on his career high.
The first half proved to be Tulsa’s fall when Temple took the 44:25 lead during the break.
Although Idowu triggered a 17-4 run in the second half, the guests came shortly after beating the Owls 42:32 in the last 20 minutes.
The output marked the fifth time this season that Tulsa had a double-digit point advantage in the second half.
“I thought we didn’t come out the way you should come out to win on the road,” said Haith. “I give credit to our boys who didn’t stop and who fought well in the end.”
Elijah Joiner added 15 points and Brandon Rachal scored 12 against Temple.
East Carolina is also trying to reverse its poor results on the court lately.
Including the 71:64 loss on Wednesday at UCF, the Pirates have lost four times in a row since a 68:58 home win against Tulane on December 22 – five weeks ago – and have not scored any more in the profit column.
Jayden Gardner scored 23 points and 10 rebounds against the Knights for his sixth double-double that season and the third in a row. The native of Wake Forest, NC, leads the team in scoring (16.3 points per game) and rebound (8.1).
The Pirates bounced back early after leaving UCF 42-25 at halftime – and reduced the deficit to 62-59 in less than four minutes – but were unable to end the comeback.
“Our communication was that if you want to get back into the game you have to do it on the defensive,” said assistant head coach Steve Roccaforte. “I thought our boys were really disciplined in the second half.”
– Field level media