The Anteaters (21-15) are participating in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and will play Oral Roberts (19-14) at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mabee Center in Tulsa. The winner plays at Weber State (28-6) on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
ORU advanced with an 84-76 first-round victory over Texas-Arlington last Wednesday, while the Anteaters beat High Point 80-71 in their first-round contest. This is UCI's first postseason tournament since the 2002 NIT.
UCI last played at the Mabee Center on Dec. 6, 1986, when Brooks led the Anteaters with 22 points in a 92-91 overtime victory.
Brooks returns each fall to host the UCI/Scott Brooks Golf Invitational that raises funds for UCI student-athlete scholarships.
The Thunder recalled guard DeAndre Liggins, forward Perry Jones III and center Daniel Orton from the Tulsa 66ers before Sunday's game. … The Thunder is now 22-2 at home against Western Conference teams and 31-5 at home overall. … Former Thunder scout David Vanterpool and Tulsa 66ers coach Dale Osbourne are assistants with the Blazers, who are coached by former Oklahoma standout Terry Stotts (1976-80). … OKC is now 11-8 all-time against Portland. … Thunder is now 15-1 when its opponent scores less than 90 points and 20-4 when it has more than 10 steals. … The OKC bench outscored the Blazers bench 34-21.
Maynor on his emotions returning to OKC: “It was just good to see all those guys. It felt good for the crowd to clap for me when I checked in and stuff like that. I had some good memories here. I wish we could have got a win, but other than that, it was cool.”