Justin Hurtt scored 17 points and Tulsa began the game with a 16-0 run in a 63-56 victory over SMU on Wednesday night.
Reigning Conference USA Player of the Week Ben Uzoh had 16 points and four assists for the Golden Hurricane (13-3, 3-0), which beat SMU for the ninth consecutive time.
The Mustangs (6-9, 0-2) got 15 points and a game-best 10 rebounds from Papa Dia. Mouhammad Faye scored 17 points, and Derek Williams had 10.
Five Tulsa players scored during the opening spurt before Paul McCoy made a free throw after 7:09 had expired to get SMU on the board. Tulsa led 26-17 at halftime.
SMU cut it to 34-30 on Faye's layup with 13:06 left. Tulsa rebuilt its edge to 55-38 with 6:03 to go, but SMU ran off the next 10 points to make it 55-48 with 3:35 left. The teams battled evenly from there.