NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Brothers Jordan and James Woodard have been battling against each other in basketball for years.
Until Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center, though, the games were limited to their neighborhood in Arcadia, Okla., or at nearby Edmond Memorial High School.
Saturday, they finally got a chance to go head-to-head in a game that mattered and Jordan, Oklahoma's freshman point guard, got the better of his brother individually and overall as his Sooners beat James' Tulsa squad 101-91 in front of 5,041.
Jordan had career highs with 24 points and eight assists for the Sooners, scoring 17 of his points from the free-throw line. James, a sophomore, led the Golden Hurricane with 19 points.
Jordan attempted just four field goals.
"Pretty efficient there, isn't it?" Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. "Jordan really had control of a lot of the game with his attack and had control of the paint. With the new rules, it's just hard to keep the ball in front, especially with someone with Jordan's combination of strength and quickness. He's hard to keep in front of."
The Sooners (9-1) had five players finish in double figures, with Buddy Hield adding 23 points, Cameron Clark and Isaiah Cousins 15 each and Tyler Neal 12.
Shaquille Harrison and Pat Swilling Jr. had 17 points each for the Golden Hurricane (3-7). Swilling hit five 3-pointers.
This was a game James had looked forward to since it was announced during the summer.
But the game took on an even bigger importance for the freshman earlier in the week when sophomore guard Je'lon Hornbeak, Jordan's backup at point guard, broke his foot.
Hornbeak is expected to miss four to six weeks.
"I just wanted to stay aggressive and not take any plays off," Jordan said. "I knew I was comfortable with our backup point-guard play but I really wanted to stay conscious of my fouls so I could be available."
Woodard was plenty aggressive, getting to the free-throw line time after time.
"It's a cool game for the Woodard family," Tulsa coach Danny Manning said. "You've got your two sons out there battling, and you've got another family member singing the national anthem. That's a cool experience and that is something that the family will be able to share for a long time."