Jan. 4, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Five wins in a row and five straight strong second half performances for the Tulane men's basketball team. On Friday night Wofford was the latest victim, falling to the Green Wave, 62-48, after being tied at halftime at the Devlin Fieldhouse.
Tulane, who closed out the non-conference portion with a 12-3 overall record and 10-0 at home, outscored the Terriers (6-8), 35-21, in the final 20 minutes to pull out the win. The Green Wave used defense to do it, holding Wofford to just 26.9 percent shooting in the second half and forced 19 total turnovers that resulted in 23 points.
"Credit our guys. They really worked hard all night even when the breaks were not going our way in the first half," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "I've also got to give credit to Wofford for making those breaks not go our way. But, on the defensive end we were really working all night long and we finally go into their legs late in the second half and they started coming up shot on their shots that allowed us to get separation."
Josh Davis once again led Tulane. The junior forward collected his eighth double double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds, including posting 11 points and nine boards in the second half. Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant added 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half on three 3-pointers.
The first half of the game saw six lead changes and three ties, including 27-27 at the break after Wofford closed the half by scoring 12 of the final 16 points. The Terriers then took what would be their final lead of the game, 34-32, with 16:22 left before Tulane exploded for an 18-2 run that blew the game open.
The run was sparked by three 3-pointers from Tarrant, six points from Davis and a lay-up by Timmons.
Wofford never got closer than 12 the rest of the game. The Green Wave's largest lead, 62-45, came with 0:59 remaining.
Tulane shot 38.3 percent from the floor in the game, including hitting 11-of-25 in the second half. The Green Wave also connected on six-of-16 3-pointers and knocked down 20-of-22 free throws.
Wofford shot 35.4 percent from the floor in the game, including just five-of-19 from long range. The Terriers hit nine of 16 free throws as well.
Lee Skinner led the way for Wofford with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Karl Cochran added 16 points, but was held to just two second-half points on one-of-12 shooting.
Tulane will open Conference USA play on Wednesday when they host UTEP in Devlin Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. CT.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan moved up to 28th on Tulane career scoring list tonight with his seven points. Callahan passed up Joe Holton's 1,077 points and currently has 1,081 points.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in tonight's game with his 15. He now has scored in double figures in 12 games this season and in 36 games in his career.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in tonight's game with his 15. He now has scored in double figures in all 15 games this season and in 34 games in his career.
- Davis pulled down 13 rebounds tonight, marking his eight double digit rebound game of the season and 24th of his career.
- Davis has now collected his eighth double double of the season and the 24th of his career with his 15 points and 13 rebounds.
- Senior forward Kendall Timmons reached double figures in tonight's game with his 11. He now has scored in double figures in three games this season and in 57 games in his career.
- Tulane has now won 20 straight non-conference home games, including all 19 under head coach Ed Conroy.