Green's 41 points leads Suns past Thunder 128-122
PHOENIX (AP) - Gerald Green scored 25 of his career-high 41 points in the third quarter and the Phoenix Suns erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-122 on Thursday night.
Markieff Morris added 24 points, including two free throws with 24.4 seconds to play. Goran Dragic scored 22, including six of the Suns' final 12 points after Oklahoma City led 118-116.
Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 36 for the Thunder. Kevin Durant added 34.
Green's outburst fell one point shy of a Suns record for most points in a quarter set by Stephon Marbury in 2002.
It was Phoenix's second 40-point performance in four games. Dragic had 40 against New Orleans on Friday.
Tulsa tops North Texas 79-68, shares C-USA title
DENTON, Texas (AP) - Rashad Ray and James Woodard each scored 18 points and Tulsa took down North Texas 79-68 Thursday to earn a share of the Conference USA regular season title.
Tulsa finished the regular season tied with Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee atop the conference standings.
Shaquille Harrison added 15 points and Rashad Smith 14 for Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane pulled away down the stretch, using a 6-0 spurt to break a tie at 54 for a 60-54 lead with 7:59 left.
North Texas closed to within 61-59 on Brandan Walton's free throws, but Harrison responded with a pair of free throws and Ray's basket with 3:29 left stretched the lead to 65-59.
Tulsa hit 10 of 12 free throws over the final 3:11 to preserve the win.
Walton and Alzee Williams each scored 20 points to lead North Texas.
ORAL ROBERTS-STEPHEN F AUSTIN
Stephen F. Austin defeats Oral Roberts 83-72
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) - Thomas Walkup scored 16 points and Deshaunt Walker added 12 as Stephen F. Austin won its 32nd-straight home game with an 83-72 victory over Oral Roberts on Thursday night.
Stephen F. Austin is tied with Duke for the nation's longest home winning streak. The Lumberjacks have a 25-game winning streak, and end its regular season hosting Central Arkansas on Saturday.
Brandon Conley scored to pull Oral Roberts within three points, 54-51 with 14:31 remaining. SFA answered with a 13-2 run to take a 67-53 lead with 9:37 left and the Lumberjacks led by double digits the rest of the way.
Walkup was 4 of 5 from the field and 6 of 7 from the line. Walker made 4 of 9 field goals, including three 3-pointers. Desmond Haymon added 10 points with five assists.
Shawn Glover scored 16 points to lead Oral Roberts.
BIG 12 TOURNEY PREVIEW
West Virginia, Baylor women top Big 12 tourney
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - West Virginia surprised Baylor and took a share of the women's Big 12 regular-season championship.
Now, the seventh-ranked Mountaineers take a 10-game winning streak into the conference tournament, which starts Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
West Virginia (27-3) beat Baylor and national scoring leader Odyssey Sims 71-69 on Sunday in Waco to put itself in position to win the regular-season title. The Mountaineers then topped Kansas on Tuesday to earn a share of the championship.
Ninth-ranked Baylor (26-4), which earned the top seed in the tournament, plays the Kansas-Kansas State winner Saturday in the quarterfinals. Sims takes a 29.6 scoring average into the tournament.
West Virginia, the No. 2 seed, will play the TCU-Texas Tech winner Saturday.
Saturday's action opens when No. 4 seed Oklahoma State plays No. 5 Iowa State. Texas and Oklahoma meet in Saturday's nightcap.
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