Woodard's Late Three Lifts Tulsa Past Indiana State, 63-62
Nov. 28, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - James Woodard hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining to lift Tulsa to a 63-62 win over Indiana State in the opening game of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Wednesday night at George M. Sullivan Arena.
Woodard scored a game-high 24 points, including 20 in the second half, to lead the Golden Hurricane (1-4) to its first victory of the season. D'Andre Wright tallied 12 points, and Lew Evans led TU with nine rebounds, adding nine points. Indiana State fell to 3-2 with the loss.
TU advances to the semifinals of the Alaska Shootout to play the winner of the TCU/Alaska-Anchorage game on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. AKST/8:30 p.m. CST Friday. The game will air tape-delayed on CBS Sports Network at 1 a.m. CST, but will broadcast live on the Golden Hurricane Radio Network.
"We're very fortunate to get a win. We have a lot of things to be thankful for heading into the Thanksgiving holiday," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "For us, it's really nice to have a win going into Thanksgiving."
Tulsa trailed 45-40 with 8:38 remaining in the game. The Hurricane took a 56-55 lead with 2:46 on the clock on a pair of free throws by Rashad Ray, but Indiana State once again moved ahead 61-58 with 0:53 after two free throws by Devonte Brown. Brown led the Sycamores with 18 points Wednesday.
A Woodard jumper with 0:27 pulled the Golden Hurricane within 61-60, and a free throw by Brown made the score 62-60. On the next possession, Woodard ended up with the ball on the left wing, and knocked down his fourth 3-pointer of the game with 0:08 showing on the clock. A defensive stop gave the Hurricane reason to celebrate at the final horn.
"I just knew the shot had to go up. Time was running down, that's what we needed," said Woodard, of his mindset as took the game-winning shot. "I just had to have confidence and use my technique and follow through, and thank God it went it. It felt good, it looked good. I'm happy it fell."
Tulsa led for most of the first half, taking a 9-6 lead that extended to 13-6. The Hurricane led 25-18 with 1:35 left in the half and took a 25-24 lead into the break.
Indiana State went on a 10-4 run at the start of the second half to take a 34-29 lead. The Golden Hurricane came back to tie, 37-37, with 12:10 on the clock, but the Sycamores jumped back to a 42-37 lead.
The teams traded seven 3-pointers in nine possessions, which resulted in a 49-48 TU lead. Wright got it started with a 3-pointer at the 9:03 mark, followed by threes from Brown, Woodard, Brown again, Woodard, Manny Arop and finally the Woodard three that put Tulsa ahead with 6:38 remaining.
The Golden Hurricane extended its advantage to 52-49 with 5:04 left, before the Sycamores took a 55-52 lead at the 3:56 media timeout, setting up the final sequence.
Tulsa shot 38 percent for the game, and made a season-high eight 3-pointers, while Indiana State shot 42 percent from the field and made seven threes. The Hurricane outrebounded its opponent for the first time, as it took 38 rebounds to ISU's 27 boards.
"I thought (Woodard's) second half was very good," Manning said. "We want him to be aggressive, and we want him to continue to attack and get into the paint. When he gets into the paint, good things happen. Tonight, at the end of the game, he made a big shot for us. He carried out his assignments. He sets a really good cross pick, makes his man help out on the big guy, then he comes out on the back side wide open with another really good pick down by D'Andre Wright. We executed down the stretch and he jumped up there and made a big shot."
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