Men's Basketball Falls to C-USA Newcomer ODU

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM <b>Freshman Jonathan Stark had 21 points in loss</b>
Freshman Jonathan Stark had 21 points in loss

Jan. 25, 2014

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NORFOLK, Va. - Despite getting a combined 52 points from the guard trio of Jonathan Stark, Louis Dabney and Jay Hook, the Tulane men's basketball team fell to Conference USA newcomer Old Dominion, 70-64, on Thursday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Stark led all scorers in the game with 21, while Dabney had 17 and Hook chipped in 14, but the Green Wave (11-10, 3-3 C-USA) never held the lead.

"Credit Old Dominion," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They did a good job from start to finish with their defensive intensity and their communication was very good. Offensively, they moved the basketball well and that was their key to the success they had."

Old Dominion (10-10, 4-1 C-USA) scored the first seven points of the game and held a 13-3 lead early on after Tulane came out of the gate cold from the floor. The Green Wave missed its first eight three-pointers and hit just seven-of-24 field goal in the opening half.

The Monarchs held a 32-25 lead at the break. The Green Wave was able remain close in the opening 20 minutes by hitting nine-of-13 free throws and two three-pointers by Hook late in the half.

Hook drained his third three-pointer of the night as part of Tulane's 5-0 run to open the half that cut the deficit to two, but that was as close as the Green Wave would get the rest of the way. ODU answered Hook's three with their own from Dimitri Batton.

Tulane then chipped away and got the score to within three, 37-34, after a free throw by Kevin Thomas, but the Monarchs answered with a 7-0 run the built the lead back to double digits.

ODU built as much as a 15-point lead, 58-43, with 6:02 left, but Tulane refused to go away and was able to claw back into the game, getting as close as four with 0:15 remaining after a three-pointer from Hook. The Monarchs, a 60.7 percent free throw shooting team entering the game, managed to knock down five in the final seconds to secure the win.

Tulane, who shot just 38.8 percent from the floor, was also hampered by turnovers and committed 17 that led to 21 points for ODU. The Monarchs shot 49.1 percent from the floor, hit just four-of-14 three-pointers, and connected on 14-of-25 free throws. Aaron Bacote led ODU with 16 points, while Batten finished with 15. Keenan Palmore added 14 and Richard Ross had 10.

The Green Wave won the rebound battle, 35-33, led by Thomas and Tre Drye with seven each and Dabney added six.

Tulane will be off for a week before heading to Hattiesburg on Saturday to face its conference travel partner Southern Miss at 6 p.m. CT.

- Jay Hook scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 14 points. It is his 14th double digit scoring game of the season and the 15th of his career.
- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 21 points, marking the freshman's 18th double figure scoring game of the season.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 17 points. It is his 17th double digit scoring game of the season and the 19th of his career.