Tulsa (16-14, 8-8 C-USA) held a 73-60 lead with 2:26 remaining in the game but Julian DeBose capped an 11-2 run by the Owls with a three-point play to make it 75-71 with 27 seconds to go. DeBose ended his night with 17 points and five rebounds.
Rice's comeback fell short however with a turnover and two missed 3-pointers and the Golden Hurricane were able to hold on for the win.
In the first half, Scottie Haralson sparked a 15-2 run for Tulsa in the first 7 minutes of play thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers and scoring 11 of his 15 points.
Tamir Jackson scored 30 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had five assists for Rice (5-25, 1-15).
Leaving early for the NBA is a risky decision. Some players -- Skal Labissiere, Dejounte Murray -- slid in the draft. Some -- Isaiah Taylor, Troy Williams -- weren't drafted at all.
College basketball coaches across the country will hit the recruiting trail hard in July to target the Class of 2017's top prospects. Which players are the nation's top programs targeting?
The Tar Heels could lose Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks after next season. Coach Roy Williams has nearly every top-10 2017 prospect on his board.
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