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Tulsa Routs Chicago State, 86-49

Jerome Jordan blocks one of three shots on Saturday night against Chicago State.
Jerome Jordan blocks one of three shots on Saturday night against Chicago State.
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Dec. 19, 2009

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Jerome Jordan had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Ben Uzoh scored 17 as Tulsa's two senior stars paced an 86-49 thumping of Chicago State Saturday.

Freshman Bryson Pope had a career-high 14 points and Justin Hurtt added 11 as Tulsa moved to 9-1, 9-0 at home. Damian Windham and Antonio Lofton led Chicago State, 3-7, with 12 points each.

All five Tulsa starters scored in the first 2:45 as Tulsa jumped out to a 12-2 lead.

Hot shooting early helped Tulsa push the lead to 31-13 at the 7:03 mark on a layup by Jordan and 42-23 at the half.

Jordan, the 7-0 center, dominated inside early in the second half. He scored Tulsa's first seven points of the second half. He and Pope also helped ignite a late 19-0 run by Tulsa that pushed the lead to 40 points at 83-43.

Chicago State shot just 31.8 percent (21 of 66) and made one of 17 3-pointers. The Cougars had some success taking the ball aggressively to the basket against the much taller Hurricane, but also had 11 shots blocked, four by Joe Richard and three by Jordan.

"A good overall effort," said Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik. "I didn't think we guarded the ball real well at times and we let them have some offensive rebounds. And the free throw shooting wasn't great tonight (20-33) Jerome could have had 30 if he made his free throws."

Tulsa shot 53.7 percent (29-54) and had a 45-36 rebounding advantage. The Hurricane made 8 of 17 3-pointers for 47.1 percent, keeping Chicago State from being able to effectively collapse on Jordan. Uzoh made 6-of-10 field goals, including 3-of-4 treys. He also had four rebounds and three assists and helped limit guard Christian Wall, the Cougars' second-leading scorer, to 7 points. It was the fifth time this season Tulsa has held an opponent below 50 points.

Uzoh moved into fifth place on the Tulsa all-time scoring list with 1,580 points and is the only player in Tulsa history to rank in the top 10 in points, rebounds, assists and blocked shots.

Tulsa will play Nebraska on Tuesday at 4:30 pm (CT)/2:30 pm (PT) in the third round of the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and will play either Brigham Young or Nevada on Wednesday.