Birt leads Tulsa past Tulane in AAC quarterfinal, 66-60 (Mar 09, 2017)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Pat Birt scored 15 points and Tulsa led almost wire-to-wire to earn a 66-60 American Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal victory over Tulane at the XL Center Thursday.

The No. 10 seed Green Wave led for 13 seconds after Cameron Reynolds hit two free throws to give Tulane a 48-47 lead with 8:40 to play, but Sterling Taplin answered with a 3-pointer with 8:27 left to put No. 7 seed Tulsa back in front for good.

Corey Henderson Jr. scored 12 points and Taplin contributed 10 as the Golden Hurricane (15-16) earned a berth in the semifinals, where they play No. 2 Cincinnati Friday night.

Tulsa was just 19 of 50 from the field, including 6 of 19 from long range, but converted 22 of 31 from the free-throw line.

Reynolds scored 17 points to lead Tulane (6-25), which was just 17 of 52 from the field, including 5 of 21 from deep.