Tulsa rolls over Central Arkansas behind Henderson's career day
Corey Henderson Jr. scored a career-high 24 points, while DaQuan Jeffries added 20, as Tulsa defeated Central Arkansas, 92-72, on Saturday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Henderson Jr. went 8-of-12 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from behind the arc to pace the Golden Hurricane (3-3), who shot 54.4-percent. Jeffries hit eight of his 10 shots for his second game of at least 20 points this season and Junior Etou notched the seventh double-double of his career with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Sterling Taplin also finished with 11 points for his sixth game in double-figures during the campaign.
TU shot 57.1-percent in the second half and connected on a season-high 12 3-pointers in the contest.
"I thought we came out with great intensity and we played extremely hard," head coach Frank Haith said. "Offensively, we were outstanding the whole game. I am proud of how we bounced back and we have another opportunity on Tuesday."
Meanwhile, Jordan Howard led the Bears (3-3) with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting and Mathieu Kamba added a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Central Arkansas was held to 37.5-percent shooting for the game and it committed 17 turnovers.
Tulsa shot 51.7-percent in the first half and used a pair of runs to break open the game early.
After a back-and-forth opening few minutes, the Hurricane ripped off a 12-2 run for its first double-digit lead of the contest, 17-7. Curran Scott started the run with a 3-pointer, one of six triples for TU in the opening 20 minutes, before Henderson Jr. and Jeffries scored inside.
Jeffries then hit a 3-pointer and Jaleel Wheeler added a bucket to cap the run.
Minutes later, TU scored 11 straight points, including five from Henderson Jr. and four from Etou, for a 31-12 cushion.
In all, TU outscored the Bears 32-10 over nearly a 10-minute stretch and led by as much as 23, 39-16, following a Martins Igbanu jumper with 7:07 to play in the half.
Tulsa limited Central Arkansas to just 33.3-percent shooting in the period and scored 19 points off 11 Bears turnovers to take a 47-32 lead to halftime.
In the opening minutes of the second half, two 3-pointers from Howard helped Central Arkansas cut the TU lead down to 11 twice, but the Bears would get no closer. Etou stopped the UCA momentum with a bucket inside before a three-point play and another 3-pointer by Henderson Jr.
Behind its 57.1-percent shooting in the final half, TU cruised to the 92-72 final margin.
Tulsa will be back in action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, when it hosts UTSA (4-2) at the Reynolds Center.