Tulsa had a little bit more difficulty in its second game on its Canadian exhibition tour but managed to put the game away, holding off Ryerson University for a 79-55 victory on Thursday.
Junior guard Pat Swilling Jr. led the Golden Hurricane with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers.TU sophomore forward Rashad Smith added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds, while freshman forward Zeldric King added 10 points and five boards. Freshman guard Shaquille Harrison dished five assists.
"I think tonight was a little bit more of a test for us," Tulsa coach Danny Manning said. "This was kind of a special occasion for Ryerson. They opened up their gym, this was the first game of the year, and they had lively crowd. We came out and let them get comfortable early. They knocked in a three on us and got a little momentum. We were able to battle back and impose our will just a little bit. Not as much as we would like as a staff, but we did some good things. I'm pleased that we won, but we have a lot of work to do."
Tulsa shot 44 percent from the floor (28-of-64) including 50 percent in the second half. The Hurricane also made 3-of-4 3-pointers in the second half and shot 39 percent from 3 for the game. TU also passed for 18 assists against 12 turnovers.
The Golden Hurricane defense again tallied double-digit steals with 10 and forced 17 turnovers. Tulsa held Ryerson to 23 percent shooting and the teams matched rebounds with 32.
"We have to do a better job on the glass, because the rebounding was even. We have to outrebound teams to have any success," Manning said. "We played pretty good first-shot defense, but we just didn't go secure the ball on those second-chance opportunities they got on us. It's a win, and tomorrow we'll go over this and get ready for our next game."
TU beat Brock University 90-44 on Wednesday.
Tulsa will take on Seneca College Friday at 6 p.m. (CST) and will wrap up the exhibition trip against A-Game Hoops at noon (CST) on Saturday.