Tulsa takes down UTSA 100-96 behind Etou and Taplin
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Junior Etou scored 20 points and Sterling Taplin added 18 and Tulsa held off UT San Antonio from the free throw line with a 100-96 win on Tuesday night.
Tulsa (4-3) shot 11 of 14 from the free throw line in the final two minutes while the Roadrunners could only knock down a pair of 3-pointers, the last one coming from George Willborn III with three seconds left.
The Golden Hurricane, winners of two straight, led 53-45 at halftime and extended the lead to 86-73 with four straight free throws from Taplin with 4:53 left. Curran Scott’s layup with six seconds remaining was Tulsa’s first field goal since the 6:49 mark when Martins Igbanu made a jump shot. Scott scored 16 and Igbanu added 10 points.
Jhivvan Jackson scored a career-high 29 points and missed just one of his 15 free throws for UTSA (4-3). Keaton Wallace scored 17 and Deon Lyle had 14.