Feb. 1, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A poor shooting night plagued the Tulane men's basketball team on Saturday in a, 78-47, loss to host Southern Miss in a Conference USA contest at Reed Green Coliseum.
The Green Wave (11-11, 3-4 C-USA), who played its third straight game away from home, shot just 38.2 percent from the floor and hit just 13-of-23 free throws in the game. Tulane did knock down eight-of-20 three-pointers.
Southern Miss (19-3, 6-1 C-USA) remained in first-place in the conference standings with its fifth straight win. The Golden Eagles shot 48.1 percent from the floor in the game, but connected on just three-o-f13 three-pointers. USM made up for that at the free throw line and made 25-of-35 attempts.
Tulane scored the first three points of the game on a three-pointer by Jay Hook, but Southern Miss rattled off the next 13 points to take control. The Green Wave would not get closer than six the rest of the game.
USM held a 35-23 lead at the break thanks in part of 17 made free throws in the opening 20 minutes. Tulane, on the other hand, only managed to sink four-of-10 from the line in the first half.
"For whatever reason we ran out of gas in the second half," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We played some guys a lot of minutes, but the effort was there in the first half. We just didn't hit our free throws in the first half and that could have made it a different game. We had it where we wanted it, but we just couldn't keep in going."
The Golden Eagles opened the second half by scoring the first nine points and expanded the lead to 21, a margin they would hold for the remainder of the game. The largest lead for USM was 32 in the final minutes of the contest.
USM was led by four players in double figures with Michael Craig's 12 on top of the list. Craig also pulled down 11 of the Golden Eagles 40 rebounds.
Tulane hosts Charlotte and Marshall next Friday and Sunday in Devlin Fieldhouse. Friday's game is slated for 7 p.m. CT, while Sunday will tip at 1 p.m. CT.
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.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 14 points. It is his 18th double digit scoring game of the season and the 20th of his career.
- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 11 points, marking the freshman's 19th double figure scoring game of the season.