William & Mary can’t keep up with Tulsa, quickly exits NIT 70-67

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Marquel Curtis scored a career-high 21 points and Tulsa held off William & Mary 70-67 on Tuesday in the first round of the NIT.

Tulsa squandered most of a 21-point second-half lead before holding on.

Curtis made a 3-pointer with 1:20 to play to give Tulsa a 69-63 lead. Terry Tarpey missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Hurricane (23-10) will play the winner of Murray State and UTEP.

James Woodard had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Rashad Smith added 13 points and eight rebounds for Tulsa, which scored the first 10 points of the second half and led 57-36 with 13:01 left.

Marcus Thornton, the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, led the William & Mary (20-13) comeback and finished with 23 points. Omar Prewitt had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Tarpey added 14 points for the Tribe.

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