Jan. 30, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Once again it was a tale of two halves for the Tulane men's basketball team on Wednesday night as the Green Wave couldn't hold a halftime lead in a 58-50 loss to visiting UCF at Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Green Wave (14-7, 2-4 C-USA) held a 28-21 lead the break after controlling the opening half. After UCF (15-5, 5-1 C-USA) scored the first two points of the game, Tulane proceeded to score the next 13 points to take a 13-2 lead with 11:52 left in the half. The Green Wave built a 16-4 lead, the largest of the game, with 10:03 left before UCF was able to chip away and cut the deficit down to one, 20-19, with 3:35 remaining before Tulane closed the half by scoring eight of the final nine points to hold the lead at the break.
The second half, however, was a different story for the Green Wave. Tulane hit just seven of its 25 field goal attempts and committed 12 turnovers that led to 21 points for the Knights in the final 20 minutes.
"Credit UCF tonight," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We did a great job of following the scouting report and but their backs against the wall, but we knew they were going to come out in the second half and try to run and really try to get on the boards and they were going to pick up the pressure and we didn't respond the way we needed to."
UCF erased the halftime deficit less than five minutes into the half and retook the lead for good with 12:27 remaining on a lay-up from Keith Clanton. The Knights built as much as an 11-point lead, 52-41, with 1:55 left, but Tulane didn't quit.
UCF then scored the final five points of the game to close it out.
Davis led Tulane with 18 points, nine rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. Tarrant finished with 10 points, while Timmons added seven points and eight rebounds.
Tulane shot 35.2 percent from the floor for the game, including four-of-15 from 3-point range. The Green Wave also hit eight-of-14 free throws, collected nine blocks and had eight steals.
UCF shot 35.1 percent from the floor in the game, including 42.4 percent in the second half. The Knights collected 11 steals and forced 19 turnovers that led to 26 points.
Tulane did outrebound UCF, 42-40.
The Green Wave will travel to El Paso, Texas, on Saturday for a rematch with UTEP slated for an 8 p.m. CT tip from the Don Haskins Center.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in tonight's game with his 18. He now has scored in double figures in 20 games this season and in 39 games in his career.
- Davis recorded 6 blocked shots in tonight's game. His career-high total is the most by a Green Wave player since Kevin Thomas had five against Southern Miss on Jan. 29, 2011.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in tonight's game with his 10. He now has scored in double figures in 18 games this season and in 42 games in his career.