Tulsa Races To 94-63 Win Over Mean Green Hoops
Jordan Williams Scores Game-High 21 Points At Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. - The guard trio of Jordan Williams, Chris Jones and Brandan Walton did their best to keep North Texas in the game, but Tulsa had the answer at each turn in a 94-63 loss to the Golden Hurricane on Saturday afternoon.
Williams poured in a game-high 21 points and Jones added 11 points and six assists, but the day belonged to Tulsa (10-11, 5-2 C-USA). A potent transition game helped TU shoot 57.1 percent from the floor, and 14 offensive boards gave Tulsa 20 second-chance points - the most by a North Texas (11-10, 2-5 C-USA) opponent this year.
"For whatever reason we didn't have our best effort today, and I give Danny Manning and Tulsa all the credit for that," said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. "They got into transition on us and they were better on the boards than us. We simply didn't compete well enough today."
Brandan Walton didn't attempt a shot in the first half, but broke loose in the second with a career-high tying five 3-point buckets. But by that time the Golden Hurricane's damage was done. Tulsa finished with 55 points in the paint, and led by as many as 32 points with 12 minutes to play.
The six assists for Jones moved him into the program's career top 10 list. The junior now has 236 assists for his career, which moves him past Dominique Johnson for 10th in NT history.
North Texas' offense was clicking in the opening frame, but Tulsa owned the offensive glass in the first half to put up a 14-2 edge in second-chance points. Williams scored NT's first eight points of the afternoon, and was 6-of-9 shooting for 14 points in the opening frame. He led an NT offense that shot 46.2 percent, but still went into the locker room down, 47-31.
Tulsa turned away the North Texas comeback attempt in the second half with a blistering 18-1 run that spanned four minutes. James Woodard and De'Andre Wright led the Tulsa scoring attack with 18 points each.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas heads to Rice to take on the Owls for the first time as C-USA foes on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m..
Mean Green Quick Hitters
North Texas allowed 20 second-chance points to Tulsa, which are the most by a Mean Green opponent this year.
Chris Jones tallied six assists on the afternoon to up his career total to 236, which puts him in 10th place in NT history. Jones passed Dominique Johnson, who had 234 assists from 2009-11. Next up on the assist charts is Calvin Williams, who posted 248 dimes from 1997-99.
Jordan Williams once again led the Mean Green in scoring, and is now averaging 15.3 points per game after the turn of the new year.
North Texas rolled out its 14th different starting lineup of the 2013-14 season on Saturday at Tulsa. The lineup was made up of Jones, Vaughns, Jordan Williams, Voss and Coleman.