BALANCED 66ERS SURGE PAST LEGENDS, 107-86

TULSA, Okla., Jan. 5, 2012— Marcus Lewis recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, Larry Owens added 18 points and 10 boards and three others scored in double figures to lead the Tulsa 66ers (8-6) past the Texas Legends (5-10) by a 107-86 final Thursday night inside the Tulsa Convention Center.

Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was reserve Dwight Buycks with a game-high 22, Jerome Dyson with 13 and Nkem Ojougboh with 12.

The 21-point win marked the largest margin of victory this season for the 66ers. Aiding Tulsa in the big win was a 58-34 advantage in points in the paint and a 26-17 edge in fast break scoring.

The 66ers, who never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 28, notched a season-high 25 assists, led by Dyson with eight dishes.

“I thought we did an excellent job tonight of sharing the basketball,” 66ers head coach Dale Osbourne said. “This week in practice we emphasized ball movement and making plays for teammates, and I think we did a great job of that.”

Defensively, the 66ers held the Legends to 30-of-74 (.405) shooting from the floor and forced 19 turnovers. Leading Tulsa in steals was Owens and Lewis with three and two, respectively.

“Defense will continue to be our focus every day,” Osbourne said. “We know that defense and effort win basketball games, and tonight was a great example of that.”

Leading the Legends was guard Drew Neitzel with 14 points and five assists. Reserve Ramon Dyer added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

The 66ers will continue their three-game home stand with a contest this Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Maine Red Claws at 7 p.m. CT inside the Tulsa Convention Center.

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