Woodard Leads Sooners Past Tulane In First Round Of Tire Pros Invitational
ORLANDO, Florida - Oklahoma outscored Tulane 51-to-35 in the second half as the Sooners took down the Green Wave 89-70 in the first round of the Tire Pros Invitational. OU is now 2-0 on the season and 59-14 in non-conference games under head coach Lon Kruger.
While the Sooners shined brightest in the second half, Tulane was able to put up a solid fight in the first 20 minutes and a halfcourt shot at the buzzer from Von Julien brought the Green Wave within 38-35 at intermission.
Riding the momentum of the halfcourt shot, Tulane then opened the second on an 8-to-1 run to take a four-point lead with 18:29 left in the game. It was do-or-die time for Oklahoma, and fortunately the Sooners’ new cast of playmakers kicked it into gear.
Rashard Odomes finished off a strong take to the basket, followed by a Kristian Doolittle jumper and a Christian James layup. Jordan Woodard then swiped his fourth steal of the game on the other side of the court before swishing a jumper on offense.
The Sooners were rolling, and before you know it, sophomore Matt Freeman knocked down a 3-pointer that capped off a 22-to-5 OU run that put the Sooners up 13 points.
Tulane brought the score within nine points with 6:33 left in the game, but ultimately the Sooners closed the game on a 9-0 run to seal their second win of the season.
Woodard led the way with 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals, while Odomes scored 15 points of his own. James and Khadeem Lattin both scored in double digits with 12 points and 10 points respectively.
The Sooners shot 51.6 percent from the field while knocking down 8-of-17 shots from behind the arc.
Oklahoma will play Northern Iowa on Friday at 6 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.