TULSA, Okla., Feb. 4, 2011— The Tulsa 66ers (23-7) used a 14-6 surge to end the fourth quarter to post a 100-96 victory over the Utah Flash (14-13) Friday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Jerome Dyson led Tulsa with a game-high 21 points, Byron Mullens added 19 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots and Ryan Reid posted a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
“We made stops when we needed them late in the fourth quarter and we kept fighting,” Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. “I thought our execution down the stretch was solid and was key to getting the win. Our guys need to continue working hard and playing together and good things will happen.”
Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Elijah Millsap with 16, Marcus Lewis with 13 and Robert Vaden with 12. Point guard Brandon Brooks led the 66ers with seven assists.
Tulsa, who played without guard Tweety Carter and forward Latavious Williams due to injury, rallied from being down by as many as 13 points in the game.
Defensively, the 66ers forced 22 Flash turnovers that led to 24 points.
Leading Utah with a double-double was Tony Gaffney with 10 points and 10 boards. Ronald DuPree scored 21 for the Flash.
Tulsa returns to the court tomorrow night, Feb. 5, when it travels to Frisco to take on the Texas Legends at 7 p.m. CT. The game is set to be televised by VERSUS and can also be heard in Tulsa on 1300 AM.
“Playing back-to-back is part of what this league is about,” Tibbetts said. “I know our guys will be ready to compete tomorrow night.”