Strong First Half Lifts Men's Basketball Over Marshall



Feb. 6, 2013

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NEW ORLEANS - A first-half offensive explosion lifted the Tulane men's basketball team to a 91-75 victory over visiting Marshall on Wednesday night in a Conference USA contest in Devlin Fieldhouse.

The Green Wave (15-8, 3-5 C-USA) had scored 50 points total in each of its last two games, exploded for 59 points in the opening 20 minutes and led the Thundering Herd (10-13, 3-5 C-USA) by 24 at the break.

"It was fun and this was how this team needs to play," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "It's been a struggle, for whatever reason at times, to get this group to have that flow on the offensive end. Tonight in the first half that was the vision. Tonight we had a great feel just moving the basketball"

Tulane connected on 50.0 percent of its field goals in the first half, including knocking down eight-of-16 3-pointers and hit 17 of 26 trips to the free throw line.

Marshall did score the first two points of the game and led 8-7 with 16:11 remaining in the half before Tulane took control. The Green Wave used runs of 10-3 and 15-2 to break the game open. Tulane closed the half by scoring 15 of the final 17 points.

The Thundering Herd then scored 12 of the first 17 points of the second half to cut the deficit down to 15, 64-49, with 13:04 left, but Tulane rallied and built the lead back up over 20 over the next three minutes. Marshall then used a 6-0 to get within 14, but that was as close as they would get the remainder of the contest.

Josh Davis led Tulane with his 12th double double of the season with a game-high 23 points to go with 12 rebounds. Ricky Tarrant added 19 points and missed a double double by one assist after dishing out a career-high nine. Kendall Timmons chipped in 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and collected a career-best five steals, while Jordan Callahan had 12 points on four 3-pointers, moving closer to the school record.

Freshman Kajon Mack scored a career-high eight points in his first career start.

Elijah Pittman led Marshall with 23 points, while DeAndre Kane and Dennis Tinnon each posted a double double for the Herd. Kane had 14 points and 11 assists, while Tinnon scored 13 points and pulled down 12 boards.

Tulane finished the game shooting 46.8 percent from the floor, including 11 of 25 from 3-point range. The Green Wave also dished out 17 assists against just nine turnovers and collected eight steals.

Marshall finished the outing shooting 46.6 percent from the floor and hit just seven-of-28 3-pointers. MU also had 20 assists and 16 turnovers.

The Green Wave did outrebound the Herd, 42-38.

Tulane will hit the road for the next two games, visiting Houston on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT and Southern Miss next Wednesday for a 7 p.m. CT tip.

- Freshman guard Kajon Mack started for the first time of his career tonight. He scored a career-high eight points.
- Tulane's 57 points in the first half are the most scored in a half of a C-USA game by the Green Wave since scoring 63 in the second half against SMU on Jan. 25, 2012.
- Tulane's 24-point halftime lead is the largest of the season, surpassing the 19-point lead over Loyola (NO) back on Nov. 27.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in tonight's game with his 19. He now has scored in double figures in 19 games this season and in 43 games in his career.
- Tarrant missed his first career double double by one assist, dishing out a career-high nine assists tonight.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in tonight's game with his 23. He now has scored in double figures in 21 games this season and in 40 games in his career. Davis' 20-plus point night marked his fifth game this season with at least 20 points and the eighth game of his career.
- Davis pulled down 12 rebounds tonight, marking his 12th double digit rebound game of the season and 28th of his career.
- Davis collected his 12th double double of the season and the 24th of his career with his 23 points and 12 rebounds tonight.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan reached double figures in tonight's game with his 12. He now has scored in double figures in 12 games this season and in 63 games in his career.
- Callahan also knocked down four 3-pointers in tonight's game, giving the senior 186 in his career. He now trailed Tulane's all-time leader Jerald Honeycutt's total of 193 by just seven.
- Senior forward Kendall Timmons reached double figures in tonight's game with his 16. He now has scored in double figures in five games this season and in 59 games in his career.