Tulsa Runs Away from Seneca, 105-61
Aug. 17, 2012
TORONTO - Eight Tulsa players scored in double figures, led by freshman forward D'Andre Wright's 14 points and junior guard Pat Swilling, Jr.'s 13 points as the Golden Hurricane defeated Seneca College, 105-61, Friday evening at Seneca Gym in the third game of its Canada summer exhibition tour.
Senior guard Scottie Haralson and freshman guard James Woodard scored 12 points apiece, as Haralson went 4-for-4 from the field with four three-pointers. Freshman guard Rashad Ray scored 11 points with nine rebounds and seven assists. Wright added seven points, and Swilling added five assists for TU. Redshirt freshman forward Brandon Swannegan and freshman forward Zeldric King each tallied 11 points, and sophomore forward Rashad Smith added 10 points to round out the double-figure scoring for the Hurricane.
"We did some good things. We moved the ball well. We threw it inside, and our big guys were able to score or throw it back out and we were able to get into our offense," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said. "Rashad Ray played a very good floor game. He played a lot of minutes, the most extended minutes he has played. He scored the ball, he rebounded the ball, and he had seven assists, so he had a really solid game."
Tulsa shot 53 percent (39-of-73) from the field - 54 percent in the first half and 53 percent in the second half - while holding the Sting to 32 percent shooting from the field. The Hurricane won the rebounding battle, 61-34. Calmer Morgan led Seneca with 24 points. For the first time in three contest, TU did not produce more assists than turnovers.
"We have to a better job of taking care of the basketball," said Manning. "We had way too many turnovers, and we didn't have enough assists in ratio to those turnovers. We had 25 turnovers and 21 assists. We have to get better in that category. We did OK on the glass, but we still have to make sure we put our bodies on people and go get the basketball."
TU led 22-14 after the first quarter, and grew its lead in the second and third quarters, taking a 79-31 lead into the final period. The Hurricane held 31-9 advantage in the second stanza, and a 26-8 advantage in the third frame.
Tulsa used a 16-2 run between the 9:15 mark and the 5:09 mark of the second quarter, and a 10-0 spurt late in the period to extend its lead to 53-23 at halftime.
Seneca started the second half with a pair of quick baskets, and closed the TU lead to 55-29 with 7:09 left in the third quarter. The Hurricane then went on a 24-2 run to extend its lead to 79-29. The run was sparked by five three-pointers combined from Haralson and Swilling, Jr., sandwiched around a fast break layup by senior forward Kauri Black. The Sting went scoreless until from 9:01 until 0:28 in the quarter, and TU took a 79-31 lead into the final period.
For the third night in a row, 11 Hurricane players scored in the game. TU also connected on 10-of-19 three-pointers for a 53-percent average from beyond the arc.
"I think the guys are starting to understand what we're looking for," Manning said. "Each game their understanding and command of the offensive and defensive schemes is getting better, more so offensively than defensively. Defensively, we're still not doing some things that we're going to have to do to be successful. But (the players) are trying."
Tulsa will take on A-Game Hoops at noon CT Saturday in its final contest of the exhibition tour. Fans can follow @TulsaMBB on twitter for in-game updates.
The Golden Hurricane went through a quick shootaround Friday morning before relaxing during the afternoon to prepare for its third game in three nights.
Numerous locals have stated that Toronto can be thought of as a mini-New York City. Toronto is a city full of culture and a large international influence. People of all nationalities can be seen with a simple walk around the block. The parallels to New York also include a large financial district, a Chinatown neighborhood, and Dundas Square, which is similar to Times Square. Downtown Toronto is also booming as a residential district, and features several high-rise condominium towers with more in construction.
The Hurricane has practiced twice at nearby Ryerson University, which is within walking distance of the team hotel downtown. For each practice, and Thursday's game, the team has made the short walk to the gym. The route passes through Dundas Square.
Dundas Square, like New York's Times Square, has large video billboards, neon lights and numerous restaurants and shops over multiple blocks. Between Dundas Square and the team hotel is the Eaton Centre, a huge three-story, mostly underground shopping mall that extends further to a fourth level in places, and connects directly to the subway system.
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