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Groves scores 24, leads Sooners over Indiana State 87-63

Syndication: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma’s Tanner Groves (35) shoots over Northwestern State’s Larry Owens (32) during an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Northwestern State at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Oklahoma won 77-59. Ou Vs Northwestern State

BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY NETWORK

CONWAY, S.C.- Tanner Groves scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds in leading Oklahoma to an 87-63 victory over Indiana State on Friday in a Myrtle Beach Invitational semifinal.

Groves was 10-of-15 shooting, hitting three 3-pointers. Jordan Goldwire added 14 points and Umoja Gibson and Tanner’s brother, Jacob Groves, scored 11 each. The Sooners (4-0) shot over 56% in the second half when they broke the game open.

Division II transfer Cameron Henry had a season-high 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting with eight rebounds to lead the Sycamores (3-3). Micha Thomas added 12 points and Cooper Neese 11.

The Sooners led the entire second half though the Sycamores stayed within single digits until Ethan Chargois’ 3-pointer with 15 minutes remaining. His shot came early in a 23-4 run that put Oklahoma ahead by 25 after a 3-pointer by Tanner Groves.

Tanner Groves scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead Oklahoma to a 38-30 halftime lead. Jacob Groves had five points in a 13-0 run that gave the Sooners a 19-10 lead midway through the half. Three-pointers by Tanner Groves and Alston Mason in the final minute put the Sooners on top 38-30 at the break.

The Sooners will play Utah State in Sunday’s tournament title game with the Sycamores taking on New Mexico State.