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August 18, 2012

TU runs past Seneca in Toronto

In their third game of a Canadian exhibition tour, Tulsa absolutely dominated Seneca College, building a 50 point lead in the second half and cruising to a 105-61 victory. Eight TU players scored in double-digits as the Hurricane shot 53.4-percent from the field.

"We did some good things," said Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning. "We moved the ball well, we threw it inside and our big guys were able to score or throw it out and get back into our offense."

Tulsa made 39-of-73 field goals and buried 10-of-19 (52.6-percent) from beyond the arc. The Golden Hurricane also connected on 17-of-21 (73.9-percent) free throws. All the while, TU was limiting the Seneca Sting to 31.6-percent shooting.

The Hurricane defense snagged 10 steals and forced 19 turnovers, but TU struggled with ball security itself, giving away a whopping 25 turnovers.

"We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball," said Manning. "We had way too many turnovers."

Freshman forward D'Andre Wright's led Tulsa with 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, while junior guard Pat Swilling, Jr. added 13 points, five assists and three rebounds. Senior guard Scottie Haralson tossed in four treys for 12 points, and freshman guard James Woodard posted 12 points, six rebounds and three steals.

True freshman guard Rashad Ray may have had the best overall game. In his 31 minutes of action, he poured in 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists. He also grabbed three steals.

"Rashad Ray played a very good floor game," Manning described. "He played a lot of minutes - the most significant minutes he's played. I think he played 31. He scored the ball, he rebounded the ball, he had some assists, so he had a very solid game."

Big men Zeldric King and Brandon Swannegan each turned in 11 points, and sophomore forward Rashad Smith added 10 points.

The game was fairly close, 22-14, after one quarter, but Tulsa outscored Seneca 31-9 in the second period for a 53-23 halftime advantage. TU jumped on the Sting again in the third quarter with a 26-8 run, pushing the lead to 79-31 heading into the fourth quarter.

"I think the guys are starting to understand what we're looking for," Manning said. "Each game they're understanding command of the offense, and defensive schemes are getting better -- more so offensively than defensively. Offensively, we're still not doing some things that we're going to have to do to be successful, but they're trying."




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