OREM In a back-and-forth game, the Tulsa 66ers pulled away late to take a 111-103 victory over the Utah Flash Saturday night.
"We played a team that has lost six in a row, and I think we expected them to come out soft," Flash coach Brad Jones said. "From the get-go, they were the aggressors all night long. They were physical. When you play like that, you tend to make shots. They made some tough shots tonight."
Tulsa scored 43 points off 27 Utah turnovers compared to just 14 point allowed on their 12 turnovers, as they improved to 5-10, while the Flash fell to 9-7 on the season.
The Flash jumped out to an early 7-2 lead behind center James Lang, who was responsible for all of Utah's scoring in the run.
Lang set the tone for the game early on, as he dominated inside, finishing with 25 points on 9-for-11 shooting, while pulling down 23 rebounds.
"Lang was aggressive," Jones said. "When he goes to the basket, he's hard to handle. And plus, then he got a little confidence and was good on the boards. When he's aggressive, he's an NBA player. He has to learn to come with that every night."
The Flash led by as many as 10 before Tulsa cut the lead to 26-21 at the end of the first quarter.
The 66ers battled until they took their first lead of the game with 3:50 left in the half when guard Maurice Ager hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 47-44.
Utah recovered to score the next nine points, and they led 55-54 at halftime.
The Flash took a 68-61 lead five minutes into the third quarter, but the 66ers scored 16 straight points to take a 75-68 lead, and they were up 81-74 entering the final period. Jones said Utah's turnovers were the main reason for the Tulsa run.
Despite trailing by as many as nine, the Flash responded with a 21-11 run to retake the lead at 99-98 with 4:20 left after guard Kevin Kruger made a jumper, and guard Morris Almond made a free throw after Tulsa coach Joey Meyer picked up a technical foul.
The 66ers recovered to score nine straight points after the technical to put the game out of reach.
"When Joey got the technical, I don't know if there guys were out of it or what, but it seemed like they stepped it up a level," Jones said. "I definitely think his technical was the turning point."
Guard Ramon Sessions scored 29 points off the bench to lead Tulsa, while guards Maurice Ager and Nick Fazekas each had 25.
Almond led all scorers with 31 points in a losing effort for the Flash.