Oklahoma 112, Tulsa 99
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Brent Price and Jeff Webster sparked a 23-6 second-half run that gave No. 14 Oklahoma the lead, then the Sooners pulled away to beat Tulsa 112-99 Saturday night to win the All-College Tournament.
Price, who had 17 of his 22 points in the second half, made two free throws and a 3-pointer to start the surge. Then Webster, who had 19 - 17 after halftime - scored seven points later on as Oklahoma (10-2) overcame a 69-60 deficit to take a 73-71 lead.
After Tulsa (6-4) tied the score with two free throws, Webster scored four more and Price added another 3-pointer as Oklahoma went ahead 83-75 with 10:22 left.
Tulsa closed within a point once after that, but never led again.
In the consolation game, Alabama-Birmingham defeated Illinois State 71-60.
Tournament MVP Kermit Holmes scored 16 for Oklahoma. Wade Jenkins scored 24, Marcell Gordon had 17 and Reggie Shields 16 for Tulsa.
Oklahoma outscored the Hurricane 37-18 from the free throw line. In the second half, the Sooners were in the bonus by the 15:41 mark, while Tulsa didn’t get to that point until seven minutes later.
Oklahoma also did a better job rebounding in the second half, and the Sooners made six 3-pointers after sinking just one in the first half.
Tulsa’s starting guards, Shields and Gordon, outscored Oklahoma’s starting duo of Price and Terrence Mullins 20-7 in the first half as the Hurricane took a 54-49 lead.
Tulsa also got a big first half from Jenkins, who missed last year’s All- College title game against the Sooners with a knee injury. Jenkins had 18 first-half points, including six during a 7-1 run during which the Hurricane took a 46-40 lead.
Oklahoma, behind Kermit Holmes’ 10 points, opened a 17-13 lead in the first 5 1/2 minutes. But Shields had two jumpers and Jason Ludwig hit two others, including a 3-pointer, as Tulsa surged ahead 24-21.
Tommy French came off the bench and scored eight points in 34 seconds - two three-point plays and two free throws - to help give the Sooners a 34-30 edge. Tulsa came right back, however, to take a 39-38 lead before a French free throw tied things at 39 with 6:22 before halftime.