Danny Manning reaches NCAA Tournament in second year as Tulsa coach

03/15/2014 1:03 PM

03/15/2014 5:07 PM

Former KU All-American and assistant coach Danny Manning has guided the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to the NCAA Tournament in his second year at the helm.

James Woodard poured in 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting as Tulsa captured its first Conference USA Tournament title Saturday with a 69-60 victory over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

Tulsa (21-12), which began the season with a 1-6 record, is riding an 11-game winning streak into its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.

Rashad Ray added 15 points for the Hurricane, who held the Bulldogs to 30.4 percent shooting (7-of-23) in the second half.

The postseason fate for Louisiana Tech (27-7) now rests in the hands of the selection committee. Kenneth Smith and Kenyon McNeail both made four 3- pointers and finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively, in the setback.

The top-seeded Bulldogs, who have not reached the NCAA Tournament since 1991, had won 10 of their last 11 coming into the title game and were 24-0 this season when leading at halftime.

Manning led KU to the 1988 NCAA championship in his senior year and was an assistant coach under Bill Self before taking the Tulsa job.

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