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Dec. 19, 2012

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OMAHA, Neb. - James Woodard recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Tulsa, but No. 13 Creighton was too much for the Golden Hurricane in a 71-54 road defeat Wednesday evening at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

The Golden Hurricane (6-5) returns to action Saturday when it renews the Mayor's Cup and the crosstown rivalry with Oral Roberts at 2 p.m. at the Mabee Center.

Kauri Black tallied nine points and Scottie Haralson put up eight points for the Hurricane. Tulsa held Creighton leading scorer Doug McDermott to 16 points, seven points below his average. Avery Dingman scored 21 points and Gregory Echenique added 15 points for the Bluejays (11-1).

"I thought Creighton came out tonight with a lot of energy," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "They moved the ball well, they shot the ball well. They got off to a good start and it snowballed from there on us."

Tulsa shot 38 percent for the game, while Creighton shot 52 percent from the field. TU outrebounded the Bluejays 35-28, including 11-5 on the offensive boards, but gave up 32 points off 25 turnovers.

Tulsa played some of its best defense of the season at the outset of the game, holding Creighton to just 10 points in the first eight minutes. The Hurricane held McDermott scoreless until the 11:42 mark, and to just four points in the first half.

The Golden Hurricane kept the game close early, but could not find its shooting stroke, and played seven and a half minutes without a field goal, while Creighton went on a 16-1 run that built a 24-8 lead. The Bluejays led 38-20 at the half.

Tulsa opened the second half on an 8-1 run that cut the deficit to 39-28, but a 14-1 run by Creighton made the score 53-31. A Woodard three, followed by a jumper and triple from Haralson pulled the Hurricane within 58-45 with 5:51 remaining. A 12-4 spurt brought the score to 71-49 before TU scored the final five points of the contest.

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