Tulsa had no problem with Old Dominion as it dispensed with the Monarchs 76-37 Saturday at the Reynolds Center.
James Woodard was the scoring leader for TU for the second straight game, this time with 14 points. Tim Peete scored 12, Rashad Smith dished 11 and Brandon Swannegan put up 10.
TU finished with 57 percent, both in shooting (27-of-47) and 3-pointer (8-of-14) and 93 percent (14-of-15) from the free throw line.
Old Dominion was held to 28 percent (13-of-47) shooting, 4-of-17 (24 percent) in 3s and converted 64 percent (7-of-11) from the free throw line.
"Today was a great effort day for us in terms of defense. We guarded well, stayed true to our principles, and just stayed active with multiple hustle plays. That is what you have to do to be a good team," said Manning. "Our guys were good defensively today. I'm very, very happy with their effort and how they came out in the first half and guarded. Numbers-wise, we appeared to play better in the second half based off of shooting percentage. They missed some shots that they normally make. Not too many times does their leading scorer not score. A couple guys did a very good job of face guarding him and made his catches hard."
TU takes to the road to meet Florida Atlantic at 6 p.m. (central time) Thursday.
Tulsa beats East Carolina
James Woodard scored 21 points, Stevi Repichowski scored a career-high 13 and Shaquille Harrison picked up 11 as Tulsa defeated East Carolina, 76-58, Thursday night at the Reynolds Center.
TU, which led 33-29 at halftime, found itself down 45-44 after a free throw from Prince Williams with under 12 minutes left in the game. It would take the back the lead with a layup from Repichowski and never trailed again.
"I thought our guys did a very good job of continuing to grind out a win. It took us a while to figure out that zone and how to attack the zone and where to get the ball to. Once we figured that out, we had pretty good ball movement. Guys had some pretty good shots and made some pretty big plays for us," Tulsa coach Danny Manning said. "We did a good job of coming out and guarding ECU for stretches. We need to put together longer sequences with better defense. All in all, I thought it was a very good "grind it out" win for us."
A 3-pointer from Woodard gave Tulsa a 65-53 lead with 5:49 left in the game.
Tulsa shot 48 percent (28-of-58), 27 percent (6-of-22) in 3s and 78 percent (14-of-18) from the free throw line and finished with a 41-26 advantage against the Pirates.
East Carolina shot 39 percent (21-of-54) from the field, 38 percent (9-of-24) in 3s and 64 percent (7-of-11) from the free throw line.