Tulsa looks to move to 2-0 on the season when it visits Texas-Arlington for a non-conference contest on Saturday night. The Golden Hurricane won their opener 80-72 over Houston Baptist on Tuesday, while the Mavericks are coming off an 84-50 rout of UT Dallas.
Forward Jeriah Horne was the Golden Hurricane's top scorer in their opener, putting up 22 points, as he has moved from sixth man for the team last season to the starting lineup. Senior forward Martins Igbanu contributed 16 points, while guard Brandon Rachal had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in his Tulsa debut. The Golden Hurricane dominated in the paint, outscoring the Huskies 48-20 on the interior. Senior forward TiAndre Jackson-Young paced the Mavericks in their season-opening victory, tallying 19 points.
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ABOUT TULSA (1-0): Coach Frank Haith was happy with his team's effort in the opener, including after the halftime break, when the Golden Hurricane rallied from a six-point deficit thanks to an 11-0 run. Haith saw the team's intensity pick up after the break, something he wants to see for all 40 minutes of the game, not just after halftime. Tulsa's penchant for being aggressive offensively to draw fouls or get to the basket for easy hoops was also a highlight, as the Golden Hurricane dominated in the paint.
ABOUT ARLINGTON (1-0): The Mavericks were hoping for a boost from Arkansas transfer Jordan Phillips this season, and so far, they've got just that. In his first game for Arlington, Phillips scored a career-high 17 points after tallying a total of 10 points in his seven games with the Razorbacks last season. The 6-7 forward also had five rebounds and a steal in making the start, providing the Mavericks with another scorer that can draw fouls, as he earned nine free-throw attempts in the game.
1. After shooting just 69.5 percent from the free-throw line as a team in 2018-19, Tulsa hit 21-of-27 for 78 percent in its season-opening win.
2. The Mavericks hit 15 3-pointers in their season-opening win, tying for the third-most in a game in program history.
3. Tulsa is 4-0 in its series with UT Arlington, averaging 86.7 points in those victories.
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