All-America Wayman Tisdale treated a hometown audience to a 28-point, 12-rebound performance Thursday night to lead Oklahoma to a 96-83 NCAA Midwest Regional first-round victory over North Carolina A&T at Tulsa, Okla.
Tim McCalister added 23 points, Darryl Kennedy 17, Anthony Bowie 13 and Shawn Clark 10 as the Sooners tied both the school and Big Eight records for victories in one season by improving to 29-5. It was also Oklahoma's seventh straight victory and 19th in the last 20 games.
Jimmy Brown and George Cale each scored 20 points and Eric Boyd 18 to pace North Carolina A&T, which finished the season 19-10.
In other first-round games Thursday at Tulsa, Louisiana Tech beat Pitt and Ohio State defeated Iowa State.
Oklahoma will play Illinois State, which beat USC, in Saturday's second round, while Louisiana Tech wil face Ohio State.
Louisiana Tech 78, Pitt 54--Robert Godbolt had 17 points and eight rebounds, Willie Simmons 13 points and 10 rebounds and reserve forward Willie Bland 16 points and 4 rebounds as the Bulldogs overran the Panthers.