BIG SECOND HALF FUELS TULSA PAST RGV

HIDALGO, Texas, March 31, 2012— Jerome Dyson tallied a team-high 20 points, Larry Owens registered 19 points, seven assists and four steals and the Tulsa 66ers (23-25) outscored the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (23-25) by a 57-36 margin in the second half to earn a 101-83 road win Saturday night inside State Farm Arena.

Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Robert Vaden with 17, Brady Morningstar with 11 and Dwight Buycks with 10.

Tulsa’s defense held Rio Grande Valley to just 36 points after halftime and limited the Vipers to 28-80 (.350) shooting overall. The 66ers were active by forcing 16 turnovers and creating eight steals.

Offensively, the 66ers racked up 26 assists, led by seven helpers from Dyson and Owens.

The 66ers were also strong on the boards, outrebounding the Vipers by a 51-38 clip. Marcus Lewis and Nkem Ojougboh led the Tulsa charge with 13 and 11 rebounds, respectively.

Leading the Vipers was Malcolm Thomas with 16 points and nine rebounds.

The 66ers return to action next Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, on the road against the Maine Red Claws. Both games are scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. CT inside the Portland Expo Building.

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