Tulsa Trounces Jackson St., 92-39
Dec. 17, 2009
Tulsa, Okla. (AP) - Ben Uzoh had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in pacing Tulsa to a 92-39 blowout of winless Jackson State Thursday.
Justin Hurtt had 14 points and Stephen Idlet added 11 as Tulsa, 8-1, connected on 15 of 28 3-pointers (53.6 percent) against the packed-in zone defense of Jackson State, 0-8. The 15 3-pointers set a Reynolds Center record for Tulsa and was three short of the team record 18 set in 1998 against North Texas.
The Tigers made just 12 of 51 shots for 23/5 percent. Leading scorer Garrison Johnson was limited to 2 points, well below his average of 15.6. It was the fewest points allowed by Tulsa since holding Rice to 37 on Feb. 20, 2008. It tied the largest margin of victory since a 97-44 win over Prairie View A&M in 2004.
Tyrone Hanson had 14 points to lead Jackson State.
Tulsa was bolstered by the return of guard Glenn Andrews, who had been out since injuring a knee in June. Andrews, a junior who averaged 7.1 ppg a year ago, entered the game at the 7:03 mark of the first half and hit his first two shots - both 3-pointers - within two minutes.
Tulsa outrebounded the shorter Tigers 52-26, led by Joe Richard with 10, and forced 15 turnovers in addition to the poor shooting. TU jumped to a 9-0 lead and after Uzoh scored six consecutive points to make it 29-12 any suspense was over.
"Ben's leadership was just tremendous," said TU coach Doug Wojcik. Hurtt made two early 3-pointers and scored eight of Tulsa's first nine. Freshmen Bryson Pope and Donte Medder combined to make five second-half treys and reserve Will Sanger set the record in the final minute. Tulsa has played its home games in the on-campus Reynolds Center since January of 1999. "Being able to hit the threes like that will make other teams think twice about playing us in a zone like that," Wojcik said. "I was really proud of four of those shots - the two by Glenn Andrews and the two by Bryson Pope.
It was great for Glenn to come back and make his first two shots. Bryson is terrific in transition, but if he can add the jump shot it will really open up his driving."
Pope, the freshman from Jenks, has made just 1 of 10 3-pointers in the
first eight games.
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