TULSA, Okla., January 2, 2010 – The Tulsa 66ers had seven of their nine players score in double-figures, as they defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 126-110 on Saturday at the Tulsa Convention Center. The 66ers shot 60.2 percent (50-of-83) from the field and 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from three-point range en route to the victory. Both Thunder assignee D.J. White and guard Zabian Dowdell finished with double-doubles, as White scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Dowdell added 14 points and dished out 10 assists.
Tulsa's 126 points ties the record for fourth most points scored in franchise history.
“We did a really good job of sharing the basketball tonight and our starters really set the tone,” 66ers Head Coach Nate Tibbetts said. “We played with the confidence that we strive for everyday against a really good team, and we’ll need to be ready for them again tomorrow.”
The 66ers shot out of the opening tip off on a 13-4 run, capped by a Larry Owens jumper with 8:54 remaining in the first quarter. The Skyforce climbed back with an 8-2 run of their own, as a Raymond Sykes lay up cut the Tulsa lead to 15-12 nearly two and a half minutes later. Cecil Brown capped another 10-4 run by the 66ers to end the period, as they took a 30-19 lead heading into the second quarter.
Brown continued his torrid scoring pace, notching 14 of his team-high 24 points in the second quarter. Reggie Williams scored 10 points in the period, as both teams shot over 50 percent in the first half. Tulsa took a 65-52 edge heading into halftime. The 65 points in one half was a season-high for the 66ers.
Keith Brumbaugh scored seven of the first 13 points in the third quarter for the Skyforce, as they cut the 66ers lead to 70-65 with 7:51 remaining in the period. That was as close as the game would get, as two three-pointers by Owens and Mustafa Shakur, and another long jumper by Owens capped a 60 percent shooting quarter for the 66ers, and gave them a 94-78 edge heading into the final quarter.
The 66ers led by as many as 27 points in the final period, outrebounded the Skyforce 45-30 for the game and tied a season-high with 24 team assists on 50 made field goals.
Owens finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the 66ers, while Shakur added 19 points and six assists. Ehambe finished with 13 points, and Washington contributed 10 points off the bench.
Williams and Brumbaugh led the Skyforce, as Williams finished with a game-high 31 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Brumbaugh added 30 points, five rebounds and three steals. Sykes put up 14 points off the bench and David Bailey added 10 points for Sioux Falls.
The 66ers (8-6) and the Skyforce (8-6) match up in the second game of the back-to-back series tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Tulsa Convention Center.