Green Wave Can't Hold Off Memphis



Feb. 15, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS - Ricky Tarrant scored a game-high 20 points and Josh Davis added 19 points and nine rebounds, but it was not enough as the Tulane men's basketball team fell to visiting Memphis, 82-64, on Wednesday night in Fogelman Arena.

The Green Wave (15-10, 3-8 C-USA) led at halftime, 33-32, behind 15 first-half points from Tarrant and 11 from Davis, but Memphis (19-7, 9-2 C-USA) outscored Tulane, 50-31, in the final 20 minutes to pull off the 20th straight win in the series.

"Credit Memphis tonight," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They did a really good job in their zone and they were very active. We defended well, but it is those points that you can't defend when they get those live ball turnovers. They are outstanding in transition."

The Tigers forced 20 turnovers and collected 13 steals.

Memphis connected on 74.1 percent of their field goals in the second half and combined for 61.8 percent for the game.

The first half saw seven lead changes after Tulane took its first lead of the game on a lay-up by Jordan Callahan with 13:08 left in the opening half to make the score 13-12. Neither team held more than a five-point lead in the half. The Green Wave led 33-28 with 1:50 left before Memphis close on a 4-0 run.

Memphis opened the second half by scoring the first four points to take a 36-33 lead, but Trent Rogers knocked down a 3-pointer for the game's fourth tie with 18:11 remaining. Tulane then built a four-point lead again after a 3-pointer by Callahan with 15:59 left, but Memphis answered with a 5-0 run to retake the lead with 13:52 on the clock. The Tigers never surrendered the lead from the point on and began to run away with it. In total, Memphis used a 16-1 run to take an 11-point lead, 57-46, with 10:49.

Tulane never got closer than five the rest of the game.

"We had a couple of good looks once they switched to zone that didn't go down and I believe if those shots fall it would have been a different game," Conroy added. "If those go down maybe we have a different confidence level and maybe they don't stay in it for long, but the bottom line is we didn't convert and they were able to get a couple steals out front that gave the confidence. That's the name of the game."

Callahan finished with 12 points and a pair of assists, while Davis and Rogers added four assists each.

Tulane shot 46.2 percent from the floor and hit seven 3-pointers. The Green Wave also won the rebound battle, 31-28.

Will Barton led Memphis with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Tarik Black had 18 points and Chris Crawford added 13 points and six assists.

Tulane will hit the road for the next two games, visiting UAB on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT in Birmingham and then face SMU in Dallas on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT.

- Freshman Ricky Tarrant scored in double figures for the 20th game this season with his 20 points tonight. Tonight marks his 11th straight double figure scoring game. His 20-plus point performance marks his sixth of the season.
- Josh Davis reached double figures in the scoring column for the 16th game this season with his 19 points tonight.
- Jordan Callahan reached double figures in scoring for the 18th game this season and the 48th game of his career with his 12 points tonight.