Crocker continues strong shooting as Oklahoma beats Tulsa 81-55
NORMAN, Okla. (AP)—Tony Crocker scored 22 points to continue a hot shooting streak and lead Oklahoma to an 81-55 victory against Tulsa on Wednesday night.
Coming off a career-best 24-point performance against TCU, Crocker went 7-for-10 from the field and made three of his four 3-point tries to lead the Sooners (7-2).
After shooting only 36 percent from 3-point range as a freshman, Crocker has made 57 percent through the first nine games of this season. He’s 9-for-11 in Oklahoma’s last two games.
Longar Longar added 16 points and Blake Griffin scored 13 for Oklahoma, which is 5-0 at home this season and suffered its only losses against ranked opponents Memphis and Southern California.
Ben Uzoh ended up with 11 points to lead the Golden Hurricane (2-4). Uzoh, Tulsa’s leading scorer with a 16-point average, was held scoreless for the first 29 minutes before he and Glenn Andrews combined to hit three straight 3-pointers in an 11-0 flurry that got Tulsa within 61-38 midway through the second half.
The Sooners limited the Golden Hurricane to 23 percent shooting and forced 10 turnovers while opening a 46-16 halftime lead in what seemed to be headed toward the most lopsided rout in a 92-year series that’s never seen a game decided by 30 points or more.
Oklahoma had won 10 of the teams’ 11 previous meetings, but most of them were competitive contests. The Sooners controlled this one from the start.
Tulsa routinely settled for 3-pointers early on, taking eight of its first 12 shots from long range and only making one of those. Oklahoma built an 18-5 lead in the first 8 minutes, then pulled away even further with a 15-2 run that Crocker topped off with a 3-pointer to make it 37-12.
Oklahoma shot 55 percent (30-for-55) to become only the second team to surpass 50 percent shooting against Tulsa in coach Doug Wojcik’s three years.
After starting out 1-for-14 from 3-point range, Tulsa hit seven of its final 10 to close a deficit that reached 34 at one point early in the second half.