Jan. 9, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Poor shooting hampered the Tulane men's basketball team on Wednesday night in the Conference USA opener, falling to UTEP, 66-57, in Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Green Wave (12-4, 0-1 C-USA) hit just 20-of-60 shots from the floor and knocked down 14-of-23 free throws in the first home loss of the season.
UTEP (7-6, 1-0 C-USA,) on the other hand, hit 24-of-48 shots from the floor, including six-of-13 from 3-point range.
"There are just going to be nights when you don't make shots and mentally you have to be tough enough to fight through that," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "But, our defense let us down tonight. UTEP was able to score consistently and we didn't protect the paint like we need too. Our guys have to bounce back and be tougher."
The Miners jumped out to early in the game by scoring the first five points and never trailed. UTEP led 11-2 four minutes in and then built as much as an 11-point lead in the opening half before Tulane was able to chip away and trail by two, 28-26, at the break.
The Green Wave used an 8-2 run to cut a 19-11 UTEP lead down to 21-19, but couldn't manage to ever take the lead.
UTEP scored 18 of the first 23 points in the second half to take a 15-point advantage, 46-31, with 12:55 remaining. It would be the largest lead of the game. Tulane did cut the deficit to within singles digits with just inside four minutes to play, but never got closer than five.
Ricky Tarrant led all scorers in the game with 18 for the Green Wave, while Josh Davis failed to reach double figures for the first time all season with nine to go with nine rebounds. Tre Drye also added nine points and nine boards and Kendall Timmons chipped in with eight points.
Konnor Tucker led UTEP with 14 points, including knocking down four 3-pointers. Julian Washburn added 12 points, while Jacques Streeter had 10 points and six assists, and McKenzie Moore had nine points and nine rebounds.
UTEP managed to win the rebound battle, 38033, but Tulane did pull down 13 on the offensive end that resulted in 10 second chance points. The Green Wave also turned the ball over just five times and collected five steals. UTEP had 11 turnovers that Tulane converted into nine points.
The Green Wave will hit the road Saturday to face SMU in Moody Coliseum at 2 p.m. CT in a C-USA dual.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in tonight's game with his 18. He now has scored in double figures in 13 games this season and in 37 games in his career.
- Junior forward Josh Davis saw his double figure scoring streak come to an end tonight with nine points. He had scored in double figures in each of the first 15 games.
- Tulane's 10-game home court winning streak was snapped with the loss tonight.