SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (Ticker) -- Kevin Johnson scored 16 points to lead a balanced attack as No. 18 Tulsa bounced back from its first loss with a 62-46 victory over Southwest Missouri State.
Tulsa (5-1) had its four-game winning streak to start the season end with an 89-80 loss to Kansas on Wednesday. But the Golden Hurricane placed four players in double figures to improve to 3-0 on the road.
The Golden Hurricane never trailed as they scored the game's first eight points. Tulsa extended to a 26-12 lead on two free throws by Charlie Davis with just over six minutes to go before halftime.
A basket by Shelton Colwell sliced the deficit to 36-34 for Southwest Missouri State (2-4) with 8 1/2 minutes remaining. Anthony Price responded with a basket, Jarius Glenn had a layup and a jumper and Jason Parker's jumper restored a 10-point cushion.
Johnson also grabbed 12 rebounds and Davis added seven as Tulsa held a 43-36 edge on the glass. The 6-8 Johnson used his bulky frame to help limit the Bear's Monwell Randle to nine rebounds.
Randle led the Bears with 17 points and Colwell added 12. SMS managed just nine baskets in each half and shot 30.5 percent (18-of-59). Terrance McGee was the biggest culprit as he made just 3-of-16 shots.
SMS missed all 14 3-pointers as Tommy Johnson was 0-of-6 and McGee was 0-of-5. Tulsa fared only slightly better at 2-of-13.
Parker scored 13 points and Glenn added 12. Davis had 10 points and seven rebounds and connected on all four shots.
Despite the win, Tulsa suffered from a pair of poor shooting efforts from its normally reliable backcourt. Parker, who drilled six 3-pointers in a game earlier this season, was 3-of-11 from the floor and and Swanson was 2-of-7.
Tulsa has won 10 of the last 11 meetings with its former Missouri Valley Conference rival. SMS still leads the series, 17-15.