No. 15 Okla. hands Towson a record loss, 115-73

December 06, 1992|By Bob Kramer | Bob Kramer,Contributing Writer

NORMAN, Okla. -- Towson State ran into a defensive !c buzz-saw last night as 15th-ranked Oklahoma harassed the Tigers into a school-record 34 turnovers in a 115-73 loss.

Pressing the Tigers from one end of the court to the other, the Sooners zipped to a 40-18 lead in the first 12 minutes and never looked back.

To his chagrin, Towson State coach Terry Truax compared the game to playing Pac-Man:

"We were the dots and they ate us right up."

Guard Devin Boyd, who topped Towson State with 20 points, knocked down a three-pointer to reduce the deficit to 50-35 with 2:05 left.

But the Tigers never got closer, and Oklahoma poured it on in the second half, leading by as much as 115-72.

The loss was Tigers' worst since 1985, when Maryland beat them 91-38. The Sooners' 115-point explosion matched the most points ever allowed by Towson State.

Forward Jeff Webster had 25 points and guard Angelo Hamilton 20 to pace a group of five players who scored in double figures for the Sooners, now 2-0.

Towson State (1-1) committed 17 turnovers and shot just 40 percent (17 of 42) in the first 20 minutes when the Sooners built a 57-39 halftime lead.

The Tigers ended the contest shooting 36.3 percent (29 of 80).

Terrance Alexander added 14 points and Ralph Blalock had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Towson State, 1-2.

Webster and Hamilton each netted 12 points before intermission for Oklahoma, which shot 51.1 percent (23 of 45).

Towson State was outscored 33-12 in points after turnovers and 45-23 by Oklahoma's bench.

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