Feb. 2, 2013
EL PASO, Texas - Tulane's men's basketball team could not overcome a slow start on Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center, falling to host UTEP, 62-50, in the Conference USA contest.
The Green Wave (14-8, 2-5 C-USA) scored just 19 points in the first half and shot 34.8 percent from the floor, including 0-5 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, UTEP (12-8, 5-2 C-USA) poured in 34 points in the opening 20 minutes after shooting 42.3 percent from the floor and four-of-10 from 3-point range.
Tulane did outscore the Miners in the second half, 31-28, and closed out the game scoring 15 of the last 19 points after trailing 58-35 with 5:45 left in the game. The 23-point deficit was the largest of the game.
"The guys played hard and competed," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We just weren't as sharp on an execution standpoint as we needed to be. It wasn't a question of effort or attitude or anything like that. Those things were there and that is what's going to carry us through this. We need to execute better, but I give a lot of credit to UTEP tonight. They played extremely well on the defensive end and were very determined."
Jordan Callahan, who had his consecutive start streak come to an end at 85 straight tonight, led Tulane with nine points, all in the second half. Josh Davis added eight points, while Kendall Timmons and Kevin Thomas each added six points. Thomas' totals that included three rebounds, were season highs. Timmons also pulled down a game-high seven rebounds and dished out a team-best four assists.
UTEP ended up shooting 48.9 percent from the floor, including 57.1 percent in the second half. The Miners were outrebounded by the Green Wave 28-27.
McKenzie Moore led the way for the Miners with 14 points, while Julian Washburn added 12 and Konner Tucker has 11.
Tulane will host Marshall at the Devlin Fieldhouse on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT, looking to snap a two-game losing skid.
- Freshman guard Louis Dabney started for the first time of his career tonight.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan's 85 consecutive starts streak came to an end tonight. The streak stretched from March 3, 2010 until tonight.