TULSA, Okla. -- James Woodard scored a season-high 25 points to lead Tulsa to a 98-71 victory over Texas Southern Wednesday night.
Woodard hit from all over the court, going 7 of 13 from the field, sinking 7 of 8 from the line, and adding 4 of 6 from 3-point territory. Rashad Smith had 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Shaquille Harrison added 11 points, and Pat Swilling came off the bench to score 14.
Tulsa got off to a flat start to trail by seven early in the first period. Then Swilling and Woodard hit a flurry of 3-pointers to help tie the score at 17 and set the stage for 44-32 Tulsa lead by the break. The Golden Hurricanes (2-6) continued to dominate as Texas Southern struggled with eight turnovers in the second period, 15 overall.
Aaric Murray carried the Tigers (3-6), scoring 30 points with six rebounds and a steal.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.