Blazers snap Thunder's streak with 111-104 win
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped Oklahoma City's eight-game winning streak with a 111-104 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.
Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer with 29.9 seconds to go that all but sealed it for Portland, which has won 14 of its last 15 games. The win also snapped Oklahoma City's seven-game winning streak against the Blazers.
Kevin Durant finished with 33 for the Thunder, who were playing the second game of a back-to-back after defeating Sacramento 97-95 Tuesday night.
Batum and Lillard both added 14 points for the Blazers, who were coming off a 106-102 victory over Indiana on Monday. Portland is 8-1 at home this season.
Balance lifts No. 17 Oklahoma by W. Illinois 97-80
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Aaryn Ellenberg scored 25 points and four teammates scored in double figures as No. 17 Oklahoma defeated Western Illinois 97-80 Wednesday night.
Starters Morgan Hook added 14 points, Nicole Griffin had 13 and Sharane Campbell 12 for the Sooners (6-2) and Nicole Kornet added 10 off the bench.
Ashley Luke scored 27 points, two shy of her career best, and grabbed six rebounds and six steals, for Western Illinois (4-5). Rebecca Henricson added 18.
The Sooners broke away from a 10-10 tie with a 12-0 run fueled by Hook's seven points. The Leathernecks kept the game under double figures until Ellenberg had a burst where she made a jump, assisted Shaya Kellogg's layup and then knocked down a 3-pointer for a 43-28 lead with 4:27 before the half. The lead never got below double figures after that and when Ellenberg hit a late 3 it was 51-34 at halftime.
Tulsa clobbers Texas Southern 98-71
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - 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.
Missouri State runs away from Cameron, wins 81-57
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Ron Mvouika scored a career-high 18 points and Missouri Southern never trailed in an 81-57 win over Cameron Wednesday night.
Missouri Southern (7-1) used a 21-6 run capped by a Christian Kirk layup with 56 seconds left in the first half to open up an 18-point lead. Cameron never got closer than down 13 from that point.
The Bears had just six turnovers, while forcing 14 from the Aggies, and had 17 assists on 28 field goals.
Jamar Gulley had nine points, nine rebounds and two steals for Missouri Southern. Tyler McCullough added 11 points and Austin Ruder scored 10.
Craig Foster and Sean McGary each scored 10 points to lead Cameron. Foster added five assists.
Cameron (3-4) shot just 37.3 percent from the field, hitting 19 of 52 shots and converted just 13 of 24 free throws.
Southeastern Oklahoma names new football coach
DURANT, Okla. (AP) - Southeastern Oklahoma State University has named its defensive coordinator as its new head coach.
The university announced Wednesday that Bo Atterberry will take over the program following the resignation last month of former coach Ray Richards. The Savage Storm went 2-9 last season for a fourth straight losing season.
Atterberry is a 1998 graduate of Southeastern and previously served on the coaching staff as defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator before becoming head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville for six seasons.
He returned to Southeastern as defensive coordinator last season.
WINTER STORM-OU BASKETBALL
Weather causes OU to change basketball game time
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The University of Oklahoma is moving up the start time of its college basketball game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi because of an expected winter storm.
OU says Thursday's game at the Lloyd Noble Center will start at 2 p.m. instead of at 7 p.m. and that all fans will be admitted at no charge and popcorn and soft drinks will be sold for $1 each.
Season ticket holders and those who have bought tickets for the game will have the first choice of seats.
Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.
Weather forces changes in Okla. football playoffs
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Winter weather on the way to Oklahoma has led the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to delay this week's scheduled high school football playoffs across the state.
Thursday's Jenks-Union Class 6A championship game in Stillwater has been moved to Dec. 12 at the University of Tulsa.
All 3A; 2A; and Class A semifinal games have been rescheduled for Dec. 13. The Class 5A; 4A; B and C title games have been rescheduled for Dec. 14.
The National Weather Service says rain that is expected to start falling on Thursday will switch to freezing rain in parts of the state, and that freezing rain and sleet will continue into Thursday night. Much of the precipitation is expected to become entirely snow before ending Friday and travel is expected to be dangerous.
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