Bryan Sallier scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half as the Oklahoma Sooners advanced to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals with an 83-74 win over the Providence Friars on Wednesday night.
Oklahoma (19-14), with six points from Sallier early in the half, went on a 16-4 run to pull ahead 58-44 at 13:22.Providence (19-13) could get no closer than 60-57 with 10 minutes left.
The Friars shot 33 percent to Oklahoma's 54 percent. The Sooners held Friar guard Eric Murdock to 15 points, far below his 25.9 average. Marques Bragg added 14 for Providence.
Jeff Webster ended with 17 for Oklahoma. Brent Price and Mike Harris had 12 each.