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Sooners surge in second half en route to 89-70 victory

Senior Jordan Woodard spurred the Sooners' second half surge in an 89-70 win vs. Tulane.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Oklahoma men’s basketball team faced its first bit of adversity and passed with flying colors.

The Sooners trailed early in the second half before hitting the gas en route to an 89-70 victory against Tulane in the quarterfinals of the TirePros Invitational.

OU trailed 43-39 in the first couple of minutes of the second half and then went on a 17-3 run to get the game back in its favor.

Leading the way was senior point guard Jordan Woodard, who had the all-around type of game the Sooners were going to need from the four-year starter.

Woodard had 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Knew it was going to be a transition for Woodard. After spending his first two seasons at point guard for OU, he moved to off guard to let Isaiah Cousins take the reins.

This year it’s about Woodard, and we’re seeing his improved shooting. Woodard made 4-of-6 3-pointers, and OU was able to turn 15 turnovers into 21 points.

It was a balanced effort the rest of the way. Sophomore Rashard Odomes had 15 points, while Christian James notched 12 and Khadeem Lattin added 10 points.

Freshman Kristian Doolittle, in just 20 minutes, was able to score eight points and grab 12 rebounds in showing his athletic ability.

The Sooners play Northern Iowa in the semifinals Friday evening 7 p.m. EST, televised on ESPNU.

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