Feb. 9, 2013
HOUSTON - Ricky Tarrant's lay-up and free throw with two-second remaining capped the Tulane men's basketball team's, 88-85, come-from-behind win over Houston on Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion in a Conference USA contest.
The Green Wave (16-8, 4-5 C-USA) trailed the Cougars (14-8, 3-6 C-USA) by 19 points with 8:22 remaining before mounting the come-back. Houston took the 19-point lead, its largest of the game, on a 3-pointer by Jherrod Stiggers that made the score 74-55. That basket would be the last field goal for the Cougars.
"That was a lot a fun," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "It was just one of those games that I couldn't find the right buttons to push not matter what I did. Sometimes you just have to believe and we talk about next play all the time. We were down 19 with eight minutes to go and nothing going right. That is about as next play as you can get."
Tulane proceeded to rattle off an 11-1 run to cut the deficit within single digits for the first time since late in the first half. Houston's J.J. Thompson then converted four free throw attempts to give the Cougars a 79-66 lead with 4:03 left before the Green Wave scored 12 straight points. Kendall Timmons got the run started with a pair of free throws that were followed by a pair of 3-pointers from Jordan Callahan and two lay-ups by Josh Davis.
Two more Houston free throws made the score 81-78 with 2:43 remaining. Davis then hit two free throws with 2:34 left and Timmons hit a driving lay-up less than a minute later that gave Tulane its first lead of the game, one they would not relinquish.
Timmons scored on another lay-up with 1:05 left and Davis hit one of two free throws with 0:51 remaining that gave Tulane a 85-81 lead.
Houston's Joseph Young was fouled on a 3-point shot attempt with 0:37 left, but the sophomore converted just two of three free throws that cut the deficit to two, 85-83.
A pair of missed free throws by Timmons on the ensuing possession allowed Houston to have the ball with 35.0 remaining. The Cougars held the ball until Young was fouled with 7.2 remaining on a shot that would have tied the score. He connected on both free throws to tie the score at 85-85.
Tarrant then took the inbound outlet pass and drove the length of the floor to hit the driving lay-up on which he was fouled. The free throw made the score 88-85 with 2.5 remaining.
Houston's baseball pass the length of the floor was intercepted by Tarrant as the final horn sounded.
The win snapped Tulane's road conference losing streak at 18 games and a four-game losing skid on the road against Houston.
Tarrant finished with a game-high 27 points, five rebounds and six assists, while Timmons added 22 points and nine boards. Davis recorded his 13th double double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Callahan chipped in eight points off the bench.
Houston was led Young with 26 points, while TaShawn Thomas added 20 points and eight rebounds.
The Cougars scored the first two points of the game and led the entire first half, eventually holding a 48-34 lead at the break. Houston shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the opening half and finished the game hitting 48.2 percent.
Tulane shot 47.0 percent from the floor for the game, including 57.6 percent in the second half. Tulane also won the rebound battle, 42-35.
The Green Wave will take their two-game winning streak to Hattiesburg, Miss., on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. CT tip against Southern Miss.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in today's game with his 27. He now has scored in double figures in 20 games this season and in 44 games in his career. Tarrant's 27 point total also gives him 20-plus points for the sixth game this season and 15th game of his career.
- Senior forward Kendall Timmons reached double figures in today's game with his 22. He now has scored in double figures in six games this season and in 60 games in his career.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in today's game with his 21. He now has scored in double figures in 22 games this season and in 41 games in his career.
- Davis pulled down 12 rebounds today, marking his 13th double digit rebound game of the season and 29th of his career.
- Davis collected his 13th double double of the season and the 25th of his career with his 21 points and 12 rebounds today.
- The win snapped Tulane's 18-game road conference losing streak. The Green Wave last road win in C-USA came at Rice on Jan 5, 2010.