Woodard paces TU in Uconn win

Tulsa’s James Woodard scored a team-high 20 points in leading TU back from a seven-point second-half deficit to beat the UConn Huskies, 60-51, last Thursday in front of 5,192 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Tulsa improved to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in the American Athletic Conference, while UConn fell to 11-5 and 2-2 in league play.

“Obviously it was a great program win for us. Our passion and resiliency was unbelievable. I think that our guys fed off our crowd and their energy in the building. It is just a tremendous win for us. Shots weren’t falling, and I thought that our guys just really stayed with it,” said Tulsa coach Frank Haith. “Defensively, we were terrific, and we rebounded the ball well. UConn is a terrific team. We don’t get the credit for how tough our league is, but this is a heck of a win for our program. I am really proud of our guys, and these two guys (Woodard and Harrison) were terrific down the stretch.”

Woodard added a team-high nine rebounds in his 31 minutes, while Shaquille Harrison scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists for the Hurricane. UConn’s sterling Gibbs shared game-highs coring honors with 20 points, while Shonn Miller added 14 points for the Huskies.

Tulsa had a Tuesday night game at East Carolina.