TULSA — Freshman James Woodard led four players in double-figures as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane opened the Danny Manning Era with a 110-54 victory over the LSU-Shreveport Pilots in front of 5,689 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center Sunday night.
Woodard's 28-point performance was the best opening night for a Tulsa freshman since Shea Seals scored 33 points in a 128-63 victory over Houston Baptist in the 1993 season opener. Woodard ended the night shooting 9-of-12 from the field, 5-of-6 from three-point range and 5-of-5 from the free throw line, while also adding five rebounds and four assists.
The last time Tulsa opened the season with a 100-point game was the 2001 season opener when the Hurricane posted a 104-61 victory over Grambling State. It also marks only the eighth time that a Tulsa team has opened the season hitting the century mark.
"I thought we came out with great energy. I thought a lot of that had to do with the outstanding crowd. There were a lot of people and a lot of energy in the building and that really helped our guys out especially with the start we got off to. We made some shots early and it snowballed from there," said Head Coach Danny Manning. "We did a pretty good job of sharing the basketball and then it started to stick later on in the first half. It was a nice win for us but we have to continue to get better. There were some times when we were a little bit too sloppy with our play, but it was our first game and we'll continue to tighten those things up."
For the game, the Hurricane shot 52-percent from the field, 50-percent from three-point range and 83-percent from the free throw line, while out-rebounding the Pilots 53-31. Tulsa had 24 assists and forced 18 turnovers, while scoring 25 points off of those LSU-S miscues.