Feb. 4, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - After dropping the last two games on the road, there was no place like home for the Tulane men's basketball team, and on Saturday night the Green Wave rolled to a 75-54 victory over visiting Houston in Fogelman Arena.
The 21-point win in conference play was the largest for the Green Wave (15-8, 3-6 C-USA) since a 25-point win over UTEP on Feb. 7, 2007. The win also marked the third straight at home. The Cougars (11-11, 3-6 C-USA) are not 0-4 on the road this season in C-USA.
"I'm proud of our guys," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They've gone through a lot and another trial on the season was our performance as of late and it was not fun coming back from Huntington. I challenged this team and tonight was the way they responded. That was a championship effort of a response."
Tulane scored the first eight points of the game before Houston got on the board with 16:13 remaining in the first half. The Green Wave then scored 11 of the next 14 points to take a double figure lead and the Cougars never got within 10 the rest of the game. The largest lead of the opening half was 17, 38-21, after a 3-pointer from Ricky Tarrant with 2:51 left.
Tarrant finished with a game-high 21 points, including three 3-pointers. It marked the freshman's 10th straight double figure scoring game.
Tulane led, 42-30, at the break and proceeded to expand the lead by scoring 10 of the first 13 points in the second half. The Green Wave led, 52-33, less than four minutes in and then built a 20-point lead, 64-43, with 8:19 remaining, a margin Houston never cracked.
The Green Wave's largest lead of 28 came with 3:36 left on a 3-pointer from Josh Davis that made the score, 75-47.
Davis finished the game with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for his 10th double double of the season. Jordan Callahan, who now averages 19.3 points per game in four games against Houston, posted 17 points, including hitting all six of his free throws.
Tulane, who got outrebounded by 23 at Marshall on Wednesday night, won the battle of the boards against the Cougars, 35-29, and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds that led to 18 second chance points.
The Green Wave also collected a season-high 16 steals and forced 18 turnovers that led to 19 points. The defense also held Houston to 41.2 percent shooting from the floor, including just one of 12 from 3-point range from a team that entered the game shooting over 37 percent from long range.
Tulane knocked down 30 of 60 shots from the floor and hit five 3-pointers.
Houston was led by Joseph Young with 17 points, TaShawn Thomas with 11 points and eight rebounds, and Jonathan Simmons with 10 points.
Tulane will take the week off before travelling to El Paso to face UTEP next Saturday at 8 p.m. CT from the Don Haskins Center. The Green Wave doesn't play in Fogelman Arena again until a Feb. 15th matchup with Memphis.
- Tulane recorded its 12th victory at Fogelman Arena tonight, the most home wins since the 2002-03 season posted 13 home wins.
- Tonight's 21-point win marked the largest C-USA victory for the Green Wave since a 92-67 win at home over UTEP on Feb. 7, 2007.
- Freshman Ricky Tarrant scored in double figures for the 18th game this season with his 21 points tonight. Tonight marks his ninth straight double figure scoring game.
- Tarrant reached the 20-point mark for the fifth game this season with his 21 points.
- Jordan Callahan reached double figures in scoring for the 16th game this season and the 46th game of his career with his 17 points tonight.
- Josh Davis reached double figures in the scoring column for the 15th game this season with his 15 points tonight.
- Davis also collected 10 rebounds for his 10th double double of the season. His rebound total marks his 13th double figure rebounding game this season.
- Lotanna Nwogbo (6 points), Dan Monckton (2 points, 5 rebounds) and Kevin Thomas (5 rebounds) recorded career highs in tonight's game.