Men's Basketball Falls at Home to Louisiana Tech

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM <b>Senior Kevin Thomas blocked four shots against Louisiana Tech</b>
Senior Kevin Thomas blocked four shots against Louisiana Tech

Jan. 16, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - Poor shooting plagued the Tulane men's basketball team on Thursday night as the Green Wave fell to visiting Louisiana Tech, 73-45, in the Conference USA home opener at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse.

Tulane (9-9, 1-2 C-USA) shot a season-low 23.3 percent from the floor (10-of-43) and failed to make a three-pointer from the first time this season (0-14) against Louisiana Tech's (15-3, 3-0 C-USA) defense. The Bulldogs also forced 17 turnovers that resulted in 17 points.

"This was a very disappointing performance," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Obviously, (Louisiana Tech) is a very good basketball team and they played well with a lot of energy tonight, but from the very start our guys took some very ill advised shots that led to misses and some breaks for them."

Louis Dabney led Tulane with 11 points, while Jay Hook added eight, Jonathan Stark had seven and Kevin Thomas chipped in six to go along with four blocked shots and five rebounds. Tre Drye led the Wave with seven boards and Cameron Reynolds also had five.

As a team, Tulane pulled down just 37 rebounds. Louisiana Tech, who shot just 35.5 percent from the field themselves, grabbed 53 with 21 coming on the offensive end.

"The defensive boards were the key to the whole game," Conroy added. "Everybody on their roster has an offensive rebound. All five guys need to block out for us and if we do that then we have stops and it changes the whole game. As it was, it led to 30 more field goal attempts for them."

Tulane did hold Tech to its fourth lowest point total of the season as the Bulldogs scored 13 points lower than its season average of 85.9 points per game.

Kenyon McNeail and Jaron Johnson each scored 14 points off the bench to lead Louisiana Tech. Kenneth Smith added 11 assists in the win.

The Green Wave continue the home stand on Saturday when they host Rice at 7 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.

- With four blocked shots in tonight's game, Kevin Thomas has now recorded 19 blocks in the last five games.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 11 points. It is his 15th double digit scoring game of the season and the 17th of his career.