Junior guard James Woodard had a season-high 23 points and moved over 1,000 career points to help Tulsa to a 77-64 win over visiting Creighton on Wednesday night before 4,383 fans at Donald W. Reynolds Arena.
Tulsa improved to 4-3 with its seventh straight home win, while Creighton dropped to 6-2 with the loss.
Creighton led most of the first half, including a lead as large as 18-12, before Tulsa clamped down on the defensive end to take a 33-25 lead into the half. Woodard led the charge, scoring nine points during a half-ending 11-0 run including a three-pointer just before the intermission buzzer. Creighton never led again.
CU got within one at 39-38 but would miss a tying free throw, only to see the hosts take off once again. The Golden Hurricane erupted for an 13-2 run, including a four-point play by Woodard, as TU took its largest lead of the game to that point at 54-41 on a hoop by Brandon Swannegan.
Creighton got within eight points at 54-46 with 9:25 to play, but got no closer. Tulsa put the nail in the coffin late when it grabbed multiple offensive rebounds and culminated the possession with a three-point play by Marquel Curtis to give TU a 68-54 lead. Curtis later had a three-pointer with 3:10 left, giving him a season-high 17 points and the Golden Hurricane a 15-point advantage.
Austin Chatman tied his career-high with 19 points while also leading CU with seven rebounds and six assists. Toby Hegner added 14 points for Creighton, including 11 after halftime. The Bluejays shot 38 percent in the game and also had 13 turnovers that led to 20 Tulsa points.
In addition to 23 from Woodard and 17 from Curtis, Shaquille Harrison also had 17 points. The Golden Hurricane shot 48.1 percent from the field and were 18-of-33 at the line. TU also won the rebound battle 36-34 and had a season-low seven turnovers.
Creighton will play its fourth straight game away from home on Sunday when it makes its first trip to play at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. Opening tip against Nebraska is set for 6:06 pm.