Oklahoma Coach Kelvin Sampson has nearly 21 years of head coaching experience. Tulsa interim Coach Pooh Williams, coaching in his first game since John Phillips resigned last week, had none.
But none of that mattered Tuesday night in the All-College Classic as Sampson's Sooners needed a late comeback to hold off Williamson's Golden Hurricane for a 70-64 win.
Oklahoma led by as many as 14 points with 14:56 to go in the game, but Tulsa used an 18-3 run from that point on and took the lead for the first time, 58-57, when Anthony Price hit two free throws with 4:14 left.
Sophomore guard Jaison Williams helepd the Sooners take back the lead with a bucket at the 3:29 mark, but Price answered again with a layup to give the Hurricane a 60-59 lead with 3:18 to go.
But that would Tulsa's last lead, as a Lawrence McKenzie 3-pointer gave OU the lead for good at the 2:01 mark. Kevin Bookout followed McKenize's big shot with a layup to push the lead to 64-60.
Tulsa guard Jarius Glenn then answered with a jumper to cut the lead to 64-62 with 1:35 to go, but a Bookout hook shot and four free throws by Williams clinched the win down the stretch.
Williams, who led all scorers with 21 points, hit four first-half 3-pointers to carry the Sooners to an 8-point halftime lead. In all, Williams was 5-for-8 from behind the arc.
Joning Williams in double figures was Terrell Everett (15), Taj Gray (10) and Bookout (10). Bookout finished with a game-high 13 rebounds, while Everett dished out five assists.
With the win the Sooners improve to 8-2 while Tulsa falls to 2-6.
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