Henderson scores 30, Tulsa tops UConn 90-88, 2OT
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Corey Henderson scored a career-high 30 points, including two 3-pointers in the last 37 seconds of regulation, as Tulsa eked out a 90-88 double overtime victory over UConn to remain unbeaten in the American Conference.
Tulsa (10-5, 3-0) got two free throws by Henderson with 22 seconds left in the second overtime to go ahead 89-86 and had to survive two UConn misses in the final seconds. Jalen Adams, who led the Huskies with 29 points, missed on a drive, and Terry Larrier, who had 19 points, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Sterling Taplin had 15 points, Martins Igbanu had 14 with 10 rebounds, Elijah Joiner 13 points and Junior Etou 10 points and 10 rebounds for Tulsa, which made 17 of 41 3-pointers, including a career-high 8 of 15 by Henderson.
Christian Vital had 22 points for the Huskies (7-7, 0-2), who lost their fourth consecutive game.
Henderson made two free throws and three 3-pointers as Tulsa rallied from a 31-29 deficit to a 42-36 halftime lead in the final 4:32. The lead reached nine before Larrier nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner with 27 seconds left in the half, his third connection in four attempts from beyond the arc. Henderson finished the first half with 17 points, making 5 of 8 3-pointers.
Tulsa made 10 of 16 3-pointers in the first half (62.5 percent) to overcome a scoreless half from leading scorer Etou. Both Joiner and Geno Artison made both their 3-point attempts off the bench.
BIG PICTURE: Tulsa made 25 of 36 free throws but missed several key tosses, including one by Joiner with six seconds left in the first overtime that would have put Tulsa ahead. Taplin made 1 of 2 with 8 seconds, allowing UConn chances to tie or win at the end.
UConn nearly matched Tulsa in 3-point accuracy, making 11 of 29 (38 percent), but attempted just 14 free throws to Tulsa’s 36, making nine.
UConn returns home for a two-game stand beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday against East Carolina followed by a 6 p.m. visit from UCF on Jan. 10.
Tulsa goes on the road to play Memphis and former TU coach Tubby Smith at 3 p.m. Saturday followed by a trip to Houston Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.