66ERS FINISH STRONG TO DOWN FORT WAYNE, 87-81

TULSA, Okla., Jan. 27, 2012— Marcus Lewis posted 12 points and 11 rebounds for his 17th double-double of the season, Jerome Dyson scored a game-high 21 points and Ryan Reid added 11 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots to propel the Tulsa 66ers (13-12) to an 87-81 home win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (9-16) Friday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center.

The 66ers, who trailed by as many as 13 in the second half, used a strong defensive performance in the closing minutes to secure their third consecutive win. After shooting over 60 percent as a team in the first half, the Mad Ants were held to just 13-of-33 (.333) shooting from the floor after halftime.

“We talked at halftime how we needed to come out in the second half and step up our energy on the defensive end,” 66ers head coach Dale Osbourne said. “We got stops when we needed to and we really took it up a notch on both ends of the floor.”

Offensively, Tulsa was balanced with six players scoring in double figures, including Brady Morningstar with 13 and Xavier Alexander and Robert Vaden with 12 each. The team racked up 18 assists, led by Dyson, Lewis and Morningstar with four each.

Leading Fort Wayne with a double-double was Darington Hobson with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Tisdale added a team-high 20 points.

The 66ers will host the Mad Ants again tomorrow night, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. CT inside the Tulsa Convention Center.

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