OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)—Michael Neal and Austin Johnson each scored 11 points and Oklahoma held off a late charge by Tulsa for a 58-48 win Thursday at the All-College Classic.
Neal finished an 8-1 run with a 3-pointer to make it 51-40 and give the Sooners enough room to hold off Tulsa’s comeback try. He also had a right-handed dunk and made 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to keep the Sooners ahead.
All but two of Neal’s points came in the final four minutes.
Tulsa pulled back within 53-48 after a steal by Rod Earls led to Jamel McLean’s two-handed jam, but went cold again after that.
Earls made a career-high five 3-pointers to lead Tulsa with 16 points. The Golden Hurricane shot a season-low 28 percent for their lowest scoring output of the season. Earls was 5-for-8 from 3-point range, and his teammates combined to go 1-for-12.
The Golden Hurricane (8-2) had a seven-game winning streak snapped.
The Sooners have won four straight against Tulsa.
Oklahoma opened a 30-22 advantage when Longar Longar dropped in a layup on the first possession after halftime. Tulsa closed to within 34-31 after Ben Uzoh hit 2-of-4 free throws on back-to-back possessions, but that’s as close as it got.
Crocker, Uzoh’s high-school teammate at Warren High School in San Antonio, responded with a three-point play and Taylor Griffin’s layup pushed the lead back to eight.
Crocker finished with 10 points. Uzoh had seven points on 1-for-9 shooting.
Tulsa missed 10 of its first 11 shots but was able to stay in the game from the free-throw line. The Golden Hurricane tied it at 13 after Earls’ second 3-pointer and a two-handed jam by Jamel McLean.
The start of the game was delayed about 10 minutes by a shot clock malfunction.