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Shawn Williams added 13 points and Ryan Manuel 11 for the Mustangs (15-15, 5-10 Conference USA), who made 7 of 9 free throws in the final 52 seconds after Tulsa made it a one-point game.
James Woodard scored 17 points and Scottie Haralson 13 for the Golden Hurricane (15-14, 7-8), who got within 64-63 on Shaquille Harrison’s layup with 1:18 remaining.
Russell hit two free throws to push the lead back to three points, and Pat Swilling Jr. and Haralson missed 3-point attempts on Tulsa’s next possession. SMU then began protecting its lead at the free-throw stripe.
SMU shot 51.8 percent (29 of 56) from the floor and attempted just two 3-pointers, missing both.
SMU will play its next game at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas against UTEP on Saturday, Mar. 9. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m CT. The game is not being played on campus at SMU due to the interior construction plans for Moody Coliseum. For tickets and more information call 214-SMU-GAME.