TU men's basketball team surges to 79-55 exhibition win
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Thursday, August 16, 2012
In the first game played in Ryerson University’s new Mattamy Athletic Centre, the University of Tulsa basketball team recorded a 79-55 victory over the Rams on Thursday night in Toronto.
With Pat Swilling Jr. scoring 16 points, Rashad Smith totaling 11 and freshman forward Zeldric King adding 10, the Golden Hurricane improved to 2-0 in its four-game Canadian tour. On Wednesday, TU rocked Brock University 90-44.
TU’s third exhibition is set for Friday, when it visits Seneca College. Game time is 6 p.m. On Saturday at noon, TU concludes the tour with a contest against an A-Game Hoops team (also to be played at the Seneca College fieldhouse).
A junior-college transfer from the College of Southern Idaho (and the son of former NFL linebacker Pat Swilling Sr.), Swilling Jr. converted on a 3-point play and a 3-point shot that extended TU’s second-quarter lead to 32-20. The Hurricane led 34-23 at halftime and buried Ryerson with second-half defensive pressure.
TU also got nine points from guard James Woodard, a freshman from Edmond Memorial. The Hurricane shot 44 percent from the field and committed 12 turnovers.