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November 22, 2012

TU gets past Jackson State, 86-66

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- James Woodard scored 27 points, had 11 rebounds and dished out four assists to lead Tulsa in an 86-66 victory over Jackson State on Wednesday night.

"Jackson State came out and they never let down," said Woodard. "They came back strong. It was a game of spurts. We went on a run, and they went on a run. We have to do a better job of taking teams out defensively. Credit to them to hitting shots, but we have to do a better job on the defensive end."

Woodard was 10 of 18 from the field including three 3-pointers for Tulsa (4-1), which never trailed the Tigers at any point in the game.

Scottie Haralson scored 16 points for the Hurricane and Shaquille Harrison added 12.

"I wanted to be aggressive," said Haralson. "I was playing the four spot because of foul trouble. I tried to get my team a little boost. I just tried to be aggressive and it sparked us a bit. We got on a run, got some offensive rebounds and played out of that."

Tulsa led 35-30 at the break but sprinted out of the locker room to go on a 9-0 run before the Tigers were able to score their first basket at the 16:39 mark. Jackson State (0-2) cut the Hurricane's double-digit lead with 10:49 remaining at 53-51 but Tulsa finished strong, outscoring the Tigers 33-15 the rest of the way.

Kelsey Howard scored 25 points and had nine rebounds while teammate Christian Williams had 23 points. Each hit five 3-pointers in the loss for Jackson State.

"We tell all of the guys all the time. It doesn't matter who runs off and on the court, our expectations don't change," said TU Head Coach Danny Manning. "We had a lot of guys do things tonight that we hadn't put them in the position to do before because we had that depth. Scottie played 37 minutes for us tonight. He played the power forward position for us a lot. D'Andre Wright got his first start tonight and he had solid numbers across the board. And James Woodard was outstanding.

"It was a great team win and we just have to continue to grind and get better. We need to work on the fact that we were up 17 with 10 left in the first half and then lost that. Then we were up in the second and lost that. But we were able to get another one there at the end and we just need to work on the discipline to keep those leads. We're still learning and as long as we keep improving, we'll be okay."

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