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James Woodard and De’Andre Wright each tallied 18 points while leading Tulsa to a convincing 94-63 win over North Texas Saturday at the Reynolds Center.

Rashad Smith, who returned from an injury, also finishing in two-figures with 17 points.

The Golden Hurricane (10-11 overall, 5-2 in Conference USA) controlled the tempo and limited the Mean Green’s shots. Tulsa led 47-31 lead at halftime and had its largest lead at 92-60 after a dunk from Smith with 1:41 left.

Woodard was often the man at the glass, picking up passes and making the shots.

"Tonight was a game where we came out and had very good ball movement. We made some shots early and got on a nice roll offensively,” Tulsa coach Danny Manning said. “I think it makes up for the defensive mistakes that we made, because we made quite a few defensive mistakes. You knew that North Texas was going to get the ball up the sideline quick, but I had no idea that it would be that quick. We made our shots, and that covered up a lot of things. Overall, we played well. We rebounded well. I'm a little disappointed in our turnovers and assists, but when you shoot the ball the way we shot it, it covers up a lot of those mistakes.”

The only time TU trailed was 5-4 early in the game after a 3-point basket from North Texas’ Jordan Williams, who led the Mean Green with 21 points. Brandon Walton and Chris Jones scored 15 and 11 respectively.

The Golden Hurricane outrebounded North Texas 43-26 and shot 57 percent (36-of-63) from the field, 40 percent (8-of-20) from 3-point range and hit 84 percent (16-of-19) from the free throw line.

TU kept North Texas to 38 percent (23-of-60) shooting. The Mean Green converted on 40 percent (6-of-15) in 3s and 60 percent (9-of-15) in free throws.

Tulsa takes to the road to meet Louisiana Tech at 8 p.m. Thursday.

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