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Tulsa 80, Miami (FL) 71
Posted: Saturday March 25, 2000 12:53 AM
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AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Brandon Kurtz scored all 17 of his points in the second half as No. 7 Tulsa advanced to the first NCAA Tournament regional final in school history with an 80-71 win over sixth-seeded Miami.

Eric Coley went 7-of-11 from the field and also had 17 points for the Golden Hurricane, who will face either Tennessee or North Carolina in the South Region final on Sunday.

Tulsa (32-4) led by as many as 17 in the first half, but trailed 46-43 on a 3-pointer by Miami's Vernon Jennings with just over 10 minutes to play in the second half. The Golden Hurricane responded with a 22-5 run and never looked back.

"It's a great feeling to be one of the final eight and hopefully we're not satisfied," Tulsa coach Bill Self said.

Jennings and Mario Bland scored 17 points each for Miami (23-11), which advanced to its first regional semifinal in school history after capturing its first Big East Conference regular-season title. The 23 wins for Miami tied a school record.

Kurtz scored eight points in Tulsa's second-half surge and Tony Heard added four, including a jumper to cap the run with 3:45 to play as the Golden Hurricane built a 65-51 advantage. Miami could never get any closer than eight.

"During the course of the game, with about six minutes left, we felt that Miami was getting tired, and we knew we had taken a run from them," Kurtz said. "We knew that if we kept plugging away that we'd come out on top." Tulsa shot 56 percent (14-of-25) in the second half and limited the Hurricanes to 39 percent (15-of-38).

All five starters scored in double figures for Tulsa and combined for 72 of its points. Greg Harrington had 14, Marcus Hill added 13 and Heard contributed 11 for the Golden Hurricane, who shot 46 percent (26-of-56) but made 24-of-37 free throws.

"This is the great thing about this team, somebody will step up and play great every night," said Tulsa leading scorer David Shelton, who was limited to six points on 2-of-6 shooting. "None of us had great games tonight, but we have a philosophy that if three guys can step it up and play great and everybody else plays solid, then we have a good chance of winning." Tulsa jumped out to a 25-8 lead over the first 13 minutes of the game as Miami committed nine turnovers in that span. Harrington scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, and Coley and Heard had six points apiece in the surge.

The Hurricanes turned things around by closing the first half on a 17-6 run. Jennings scored eight and Johnny Hemsley cut Tulsa's lead to 31-25 on Miami's fourth 3-pointer of the half with 31 seconds left.

"In the first half defensively, they pushed up on us and we didn't adjust," Miami coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I thought our kids fought back and made some plays toward the end of the half." Hemsley drained three 3-pointers and scored 13 points and John Salmons added 10 points for Miami, which shot 40 percent (23-of-57), including 10-of-17 from behind the arc. The Hurricanes committed 20 turnovers, including 12 in the first half.

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