Men's Basketball Drops C-USA Opener at Tulsa

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM <b>Junior forward Tre Drye scored 13 points at Tulsa</b>
Junior forward Tre Drye scored 13 points at Tulsa

Jan. 9, 2014

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TULSA, Okla. - Four players scored in double figures for the Tulane men's basketball team on Thursday night, but it was not enough to overtake hot shooting Tulsa, as the Golden Hurricane opened the Conference USA schedule with a 97-71 win over the visiting Green Wave at the Reynolds Center.

Louis Dabney led the way for Tulane (8-8, 0-1 C-USA) with 17 points, while Jonathan Stark had 14, Tre Drye chipped in 13 and Cameron Reynolds added a career-high 10 off the bench.

Tulsa (6-9, 1-0 C-USA) had all five starters score in double figures led by Shaquille Harrison's 23 and D'Andre Wright's 18.

"Give credit to Tulsa. They shot the ball extremely well," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Obviously, though, we have to do better on the defensive end. We have to buckle down on the defensive end. It takes five guys and we can't have the breakdowns we had tonight."

The Golden Hurricane shot 56.9 percent from the floor in the game, including 66.7 percent in the first half, and connected on 47.8 percent from three-point land.

Tulsa opened the game by scoring the first four points and held the lead throughout. Tulane got as close as two, 19-17, after the first of two three-pointers by Cam Reynolds with 11:26 left in the half, but the Golden Hurricane scored eight of the next nine points over a two minute span to retake a nine point lead and then used a 9-0 run minutes later to take a 45-25 lead.

Tulane would not get closer than 18 the rest of the way and trailed, 60-32, at the break. Tulsa's biggest lead of the game was 35 with just under four minutes remaining.

The Green Wave shot 48.0 percent from the floor in the game and connected on six-of-15 three-pointers, but Tulsa forced 11 turnovers that resulted in 22 points. The Golden Hurricane also won the rebound battle, 34-24, including 13 offensive boards that were turned into 17 second chance points.

Tulane continues its Conference USA opening road trip on Saturday when they visit Denton, Texas, to face North Texas at 1 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on CSS, and as with every Green Wave basketball game, can be heard live on the Tulane IMG Sports Network (106.1 FM in the New Orleans area) and on Tulane All-Access at www.tulanegreenwave.com/allaccess.

The Green Wave will return home next Thursday to host Louisiana Tech at 8 p.m. CT in Devlin Fieldhouse.

Tickets for the 2013-14 Tulane men's basketball games are available for as low as $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. For additional information, contact the Tulane Team Shop ticket office in person on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information is also available over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.

- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 14 points, marking his 15th double figure scoring game of his career. The freshman guard has reached double digits in all but one game this season and has scored in double digits in 12 straight games.
- Trey Drye scored in double figures in today's game with his 13 points. It is his third double digit scoring game of the season and the seventh of his career.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 17 points. It is his 13th double digit scoring game of the season and the 15th of his career.
- Freshman Cameron Reynolds scored a career-high with 10 points in tonight's game.