Before Wednesday night’s game, the University of Tulsa coaching staff showed the team clips from recent wins in which it played excellent defense, hoping to inspire a similar performance against East Carolina.

For the majority of a 70-56 victory that ended a two-game skid, the Hurricane returned to its identity, playing with active hands, disrupting passing lanes and closing out on shooters.

“We wanted to keep reminding our guys that’s who we are,” coach Frank Haith said. “When we get out of that ... it’s not good for us. But it was good to see us get back to it.”

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Ian has worked for the Tulsa World since 2015 as a staff photographer. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in photojournalism. His work has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times and by The Associated Press.