Poor Shooting Hampers Men's Basketball at Middle Tennessee

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM <b>Freshman Jonathan Stark had 15 points in loss</b>
Freshman Jonathan Stark had 15 points in loss

Feb. 13, 2014

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Poor shooting hampered the Tulane men's basketball team on Thursday night as the Green Wave fell, 71-44, to Conference USA newcomer Middle Tennessee at the Murphy Center.

Tulane (13-12, 5-5 C-USA) made 15-of-50 shots from the floor (30.0 percent) and connected on just eight-of-17 free throws in the loss.

Middle Tennessee (18-7, 8-2 C-USA) won for the sixth straight outing and improved to 12-2 at home this season.

"Give a lot of credit to Middle Tennessee," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They played with a lot of energy and got the crowd going. Coach (Kermit) Davis's teams always do play with energy. We were well aware of that going into the game. We are just fragile and there are certain things that when they happen to us they cause a lot of trouble."

Jonathan Stark led the Green Wave with 15 points and six rebounds, while Louis Dabney added nine points and four rebounds. Tre Drye also grabbed six boards and added five points.

Tulane stayed with the Blue Raiders for the first seven-plus minutes of the game and had knotted the score at 13-13 with 12:38 remaining in the opening half after Stark hit a lay-up. Middle Tennessee then rattled off an 11-0 run that gave then a double digit lead, one they would not surrender the remainder of the contest.

MT led 35-17 at the break and Tulane wasn't able to get closer than 14 in the second half. Jay Hook knocked down his second three-pointer of the game with 10:31 left to cut the deficit to 47-33.

Kerry Hammonds led Middle Tennessee with 18 points, while Shawn Jones had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Blue Raiders shot 38.2 percent from the floor, including seven-of-16 from three-point range. Middle Tennessee also connected on 22-of-26 free throws.

Tulane travels down the road to Birmingham to face old C-USA rival UAB on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.
- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 15 points, marking the freshman's 21st double figure scoring game of the season.