Why the Tulsa Drillers are playing for a title in the Western Conference

The Tulsa Driller football team has taken the NCAA Division I-AA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament to overtime, defeating No. 18 Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tulsa, which defeated Oklahoma State 73-65 in the regular-season championship game, will play No. 16 Oklahoma in a best-of-seven championship game on Sunday in Tulsa.

Tulane (11-4, 5-4) led by outscoring the Sooners 27-7 in the first half and has outscored the Sooner offense by a whopping 34 points per game during the four-game sweep.

The Tulsa Drillters led by 15 in the opening half and pulled away in the third quarter to take a 27-16 lead into halftime.

Oklahoma (10-7, 3-6) was led by De’Aaron Fox, who finished with 25 points.

The Sooners’ leading scorer, Marcus Smart, finished with 13 points.

Oklahoma State (10.5-6, 3.3-3) had a dominant first half that included a 23-0 run in the final 12 minutes.

The Cowboys shot 57.6 percent from the field and went 11 of 19 from 3-point range.

Oklahoma State held Tulsa to 18 points in the half.

The Cowboys led by 12 midway through the second half, but the Drillers closed the gap to 21 points by the time Oklahoma State hit 10 straight baskets.

The first-half outburst came when Smart hit a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left.

The Sooners scored 15 points off the Drillters’ three-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead 34-26.

Oklahoma scored 10 points in a 7:42 span in the quarter.

The Drillers hit their final seven 3-pointers, including a 10-0 burst in the closing seconds of the fourth to tie the game.

The game ended on a missed free throw with 1:21 left in regulation.TULANE’S PLAYOFF GOALS:Tulsan has won nine of its last 10 games.

Oklahoma has lost four straight.

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