March 12, 2009
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -
Ray Reese scored 22 points and Tulsa got off to a quick start, defeating Rice 73-51 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament on Thursday.
Tulsa got out to a big lead early, scoring 21 unanswered points after leading 4-3 less than three minutes into the game. That allowed the Golden Hurricane to play its starters limited minutes the rest of the way.
Still, Reese connected on eight of his 15 shots, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc for Tulsa (23-9). Ben Uzoh added 14 points and Justin Hurtt finished with 10 points for the second-seeded Golden Hurricane.
Connor Frizzelle scored 10 points for 10th-seeded Rice (10-22), which defeated Marshall 60-59 in Wednesday's opening round. Rodney Foster, Rice's leading scorer (12.1), was limited to eight points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field, and six points from the free-throw line.