November 28, 2008

Aggies fall to Tulsa in SPI semifinals

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - Texas A&M thought it was in trouble in the first half with Tulsa's staunch defense, but it was nothing compared to the second half when Tulsa held the Aggies to five points in the first 11:47. The Golden Hurricanes used a 25-5 run during that time to open up a 54-33 lead and effectively put the Aggies away early.

Tulsa (4-1), who one of a few favorites in Conference USA this season, looked unbeatable for long stretches Friday night in the 67-56 upset of A&M (4-1) in the semifinals of the South Padre Invitational and the South Padre Island Convention Center.

"We just got whipped. We just got outhustled and they pushed us around all night and we just never responded," Turgeon said. "With that said it was a pretty close game at the half and at the start of the second half, but as soon as adversity hit we just kind of got real emotional and didn't play very smart. And (Tulsa was) really good. They defended really well and I thought they were great tonight."

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