66ERS STRONG IN 97-82 HOME WIN OVER WIZARDS

TULSA, Okla., April 1, 2011— Forward Latavious Williams posted 22 points and 17 rebounds, Jerome Dyson scored a game-high 27 points and Cole Aldrich added 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Tulsa 66ers (32-17) to a 97-82 home victory over the Dakota Wizards (18-30) Friday night inside the Tulsa Convention Center.

Additionally, the win secured home-court advantage in the first round of the D-League playoffs for Tulsa that begin next week.

The double-double was Williams’ team-leading 12th of the season. Aldrich, who has played 20 games in Tulsa as an assigned player from the Oklahoma City Thunder, recorded his fifth double-double of the year.

Tulsa, who led by as many as 22 in the contest, scored 28 points off 22 Dakota turnovers. The 66ers collected 10 steals, led by three from Dyson and Williams.

“The biggest thing is we have to continue to build our foundation of playing hard, playing unselfish and playing smarter,” 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. “Once you get to the playoffs it’s about half court execution and defense.”

As a team, Tulsa tallied 25 assists on the night, led by Robert Vaden with eight dishes. The 66ers also posted a 66-46 advantage in points in the paint and shot 42-81 (.519) from the floor to improve to 16-2 this season when shooting better than 50 percent.

“I thought tonight we did a really good job of sharing the basketball,” Tibbetts said. “We had 25 assists and I thought our guys really stayed with it. I thought we really competed at a high level.

Leading Dakota was Anthony Goods with a team-high 19 points. Christopher Ayer added 18 points and Mike Anderson posted a team-high eight rebounds.

Tulsa hosts Dakota again tomorrow night, April 2, at 7 p.m. inside the Tulsa Convention Center. The Saturday contest will mark the 66ers final game of the 2010-11 regular season. Fans can enjoy a lower-level seat, hot dog and soda for just $10.

For ticket information and purchases call the Tulsa 66ers business office at (918) 585-8444 or log onto Tulsa66ers.com.

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