TU basketball notebook: Hurricane in Great Alaska Shootout next year
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Thursday, December 06, 2012
12/06/12 at 2:41 AM
The University of Tulsa will join the eight-team field for the 2013 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, set for Nov. 27-30 in Anchorage.
The 36th annual tournament, hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage, also will feature Denver, Harvard, Indiana State, Iowa, Pepperdine and TCU. TU makes its first appearance Great Alaska Shootout.
In November 1984, as a freshman at Kansas, Danny Manning was an all-tournament selection at the Great Alaska Shootout. Manning now is TU's first-year coach.
Woodard's defense: Against LSU-Shreveport, Hurricane freshman guard James Woodard scored 28 points. Against Jackson State, he scored 27. Entering Tuesday's home game against Missouri, Woodard was Tulsa's leading scorer at 16.9 points per game.
Against the Bears, Woodard scored a season-low total of four points on 1-of-5 shooting. However, his defense against Missouri State's Anthony Downing was outstanding. Downing was the Bears' leading scorer with a 16.0-point average. Against TU, he was scoreless and limited to six field goal attempts.
"James is a very talented basketball player," Manning said. "We all know he can go out there and score the ball. Tonight wasn't James' night offensively. I'm proud of the fact that he took the challenge of guarding Anthony Downing - and Downing didn't score.
"And that's the first thing James said to me after the game. It wasn't, 'Coach, I didn't score.' He said, 'Coach, I guarded my man tonight.' And I said, 'Yes, you did. You did a great job.'"
Missouri State's Christian Kirk and TU's Kauri Black scramble for a loose ball during TU's win Wednesday. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World
Tulsa's James Woodard and Missouri State's Drew Wilson battle for possession of the ball Wednesday. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World