GREENVILLE, N.C. – Calvin Walls scored the go-ahead basket with 50 seconds remaining and then made two free throws to lift Tulsa to a 66-61 victory over East Carolina inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum Wednesday night.
Glenn Andrews led the Golden Hurricane (12-10, 4-6 Conference USA) with a game-high 21 points. Ben Uzoh recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jerome Jordan had 12 rebounds for TU, who out-rebounded ECU (8-14, 2-7) by 12.
After the Pirates’ shot at tying the game missed, Uzoh stepped to the foul line and sank two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
James Legan led the Pirates with 18 points on 5-o-f-9 shooting from behind the arc and 3-of-3 at the free throw line. John Fields came off the bench to add 15, while Gabe Blair netted 10.
Down by seven, 56-49, ECU went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 58-all before taking a two-point lead on a Fields’ dunk with 3:34 remaining.
Andrews, who made four 3s in the second half, then tied the game with a pair of free throws.
Tulsa led by nine in the first half, before East Carolina spurted out to a five-point halftime lead holding TU scoreless in the final 5:44 of the half.
Legan, who made his first career start tonight, made three consecutive 3s to spark a 12-2 run that propelled the Pirates to a 20-17 lead capped by a fourth straight 3 from senior Cory Farmer.
Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field. Tulsa made 37.3 percent of its attempts, while ECU connected on 36.2 percent.
ECU senior Darrell Jenkins handed out seven assists to become the fifth player in school history to amass 300 career helpers and third player in league history to record that number in two seasons.
The Pirates return to action Saturday against Southern Miss. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.