Feb. 13, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A second straight come-from-behind win for the Tulane men's basketball team was too much to ask for on Wednesday night as the Green Wave overcame a 16-point deficit to retake a lead only to fall, 71-60, to Southern Miss in Reed Green Coliseum.
Tulane (16-9, 4-6 C-USA) trailed 44-28 with 14:03 remaining in the second half and rattled off 14 straight points to tie the game with 9:26 left. Jordan Callahan, Ben Cherry and Ricky Tarrant drained back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers during the run.
The Green Wave eventually retook the lead 47-46 with 8:46 left and then led again 55-53 with 5:17 remaining, but USM (19-6, 8-2 C-USA) closed out the game by scoring 18 of the last 23 points to pull out the victory and end Tulane's two-game winning streak.
"This was a heck of a ballgame," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Southern Miss is a tremendous team and we knew this one was going to be tough. We knew there would be a lot of emotion in the building tonight and they would play at a high level. We wanted that. We wanted to show that we could play like that.
"We hit our stride in the second half and really played some good basketball for about 15 minutes. We ran out of gas at the end and missed some free throws that would have put us in a good position to win the game."
Callahan missed a pair of free throws with the 55-53 lead and Josh Davis couldn't convert two free throws just over a minute later when Tulane trailed 58-55.
The Golden Eagles converted nine of 10 free throws in the four minutes of the game.
USM led 31-21 at the half after closing the first half on a 6-0 run. Tulane held the lead on two occasions in the opening period, including, 6-2, with 16:39 left.
Davis led Tulane with 19 points and 10 rebounds for his 14th double double of the season. Cherry finished with a career-high 17 points on five-of-five from 3-point range. Callahan and Ricky Tarrant each added eight points.
The Green Wave shot 44.7 percent from the floor in the game, including 54.2 percent in the second half to spark the comeback. Tulane did hit just 10 of 17 free throws, but did knock down eight-of-19 3-pointers.
Southern Miss hit 54.3 percent from the floor, including 59.1 percent in the first half. The Golden Eagles also hit 13-of-17 free throws.
Dwayne Davis led USM with 21 points and Jerrold Brooks added 14.
Tulane returns to Devlin Fieldhouse on Saturday to host SMU at 1:30 p.m. CT in a game slated for Fox Sports Net.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan knocked down two 3-pointers in tonight's game, giving him 190 in his career. He now trailed Tulane's all-time leader Jerald Honeycutt's total of 193 by just three.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in tonight's game with his 19. He now has scored in double figures in 23 games this season and in 42 games in his career.
- Davis pulled down 10 rebounds tonight, marking his 14th double digit rebound game of the season and 30th of his career.
- Davis collected his 14th double double of the season and the 26th of his career with his 19 points and 10 rebounds tonight.
- Senior guard Ben Cherry reached double figures in tonight's game with his 17. He now has scored in double figures for the first time this season and in third game in his career. His 17 points are a career-high.