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Tulsa Rallies Past Middle Tennessee 76-69 In CUSA

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) - James Woodard scored 19 points and Tim Peete added 13 - 11 after halftime - as second-seeded Tulsa won its tenth straight and bounced No. 3 seed Middle Tennessee 76-69 in a Conference USA semifinal on Friday.

The Golden Hurricane (20-12) advance to Saturday's title game for the third time, first since 2009.

Tulsa closed the first half on a 14-3 run in the last 6:29, leading 35-29 and never trailing after.

Middle Tennessee (24-9) was often within a basket of taking the lead after halftime, but Woodard and Peete each hit clutch 3-pointers to break open one-point leads. Rashad Smith scored 14.

Neiko Hunter scored six straight points in the final 40 seconds, pulling the Blue Raiders to 72-69, but Woodard and Peete iced the game with four free throws. Hunter led the Raiders with 19 points and 10 boards, Jaqawn Raymond scored 18.

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