Hook's Free Throw Lifts Men's Basketball Over Charlotte

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Junior Jay Hook's late FT lifted Green Wave to victory

Feb. 7, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - Jay Hook's free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining lifted the Tulane men's basketball team to a 64-63 victory over visiting Charlotte in a Conference USA contest at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse on Friday night.

With the score knotted at 63, the junior guard for the Green Wave (12-11, 4-4 C-USA) was fouled on a put back after Jonathan Stark's potential game-winning shot fell off the rim. Hook missed the first of the two-shot foul, before the second attempt hit nothing but net.

"When I missed the first one I knew I was going to hit the second," Hook said. "You have to go to the line with confidence."

Charlotte's (14-8, 5-4 C-USA) Pierria Henry heaved a halfcourt shot at the buzzer, but it fell off the front of the rim.

"We could have celebrated when the free throw went in, but we didn't," Hook added. "We knew they could still shoot a last second shot so we had to keep playing, but it was a good feeling when their shot didn't go in."

Hook finished the game with 18 points, including hitting three three-pointers. Louis Dabney led all scorers in the game with 19, including a three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 1:52 left in the game that broke a 60-60 tie.

Charlotte had tied the score on the previous possession with a three-pointer by Shawn Lester. The 49ers also tied the score again at 63 after a free throw by Henry and a lay-up by Terrance Williams with just under a minute left.

Lester has hit what was seemingly the go-ahead shot with 0:27 remaining, but he was called for traveling in the lane and the shot was nullified, giving Tulane possession.

The Green Wave never trailed in the second half after owning s 33-28 lead at the break. Tulane actually took the lead for good with 14:43 left in the opening half on a three-pointer by Hook.

The win for Tulane was head coach Ed Conroy's 150th of his career and snapped a two-game losing skid in conference play.

"I'm very proud of these guys," Conroy said. "I thought it showed how we are maturing as a team. We don't get through the first half unless our bench players come on the floor and give us some good minutes. That was something we were not able to do earlier in the year. We executed some things early and really followed the game plan tonight."

Tulane shot 44.4 percent from the floor in the win, including hitting eight-of-17 from three-point range. On the defensive end, the Green Wave held Charlotte to just 37.5 percent shooting, including just four-of-14 from three-point land.

The 49ers edged Tulane on the boards, 35-34, but Dabney and Hook each pulled down six to lead the way.

Henry led Charlotte with 14 points, while Mike Thorne, Jr. added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Willie Clayton chipped in 13 points.

Tre Drye added nine points and four rebounds for the Green Wave.

Tulane hosts Marshall on Sunday in Devlin Fieldhouse 1 p.m. CT before hitting the road the following week to face Middle Tennessee State on Thursday and UAB on Saturday.

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- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 19 points. It is his 19th double digit scoring game of the season and the 21st of his career.
- Jay Hook scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 18 points. It is his 15th double digit scoring game of the season and the 16th of his career.
- Head coach Ed Conroy earned his 150th career win tonight.