Hot Shooting Lifts Men's Basketball over UAB

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM <b>Junior Tre Drye scored 21 points in win at UAB</b>
Junior Tre Drye scored 21 points in win at UAB

Feb. 15, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Tre Drye's career-high 21 points, Louis Dabney's 20 points and a hot shooting night led the Tulane men's basketball team to an, 86-80, victory over UAB on Saturday night in a Conference USA game in Bartow Arena.

The Green Wave (14-12, 6-5 C-USA), who shot 56.9 percent from the floor in the game and hit eight three-pointers, snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Blazers (15-10, 4-7 C-USA) with the victory.

"Tonight was an amazing performance from start to finish," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We keep getting knocked and we keep bouncing back. Everybody that took the floor tonight stepped up in a big, big way. I could not be more proud of this team."

Drye's point total was a career-high for the junior who connected on seven-of-nine field goals, including a three-pointer, and sank six-of-eight free throws. The Baton Rouge, native also pulled down a team-best nine rebounds and collected three steals.

Dabney added a team-high four assists to his point total.

The game had five lead changes and three ties in the first six minutes before Tulane took the lead for good when Jay Hook sank a three-pointer with 13:03 left in the half. The Green Wave then used a 13-2 run to over a six minute span to take a double digit lead. UAB was able to chip away and trail by eight, 46-38, at the break.

Tulane shot 70.4 percent from the floor in the first half and hit eight-of-12 three pointers to help build the lead.

The Green Wave scored the first seven points of the second half and eventually built the lead to 18, 61-43, with 11:06 left in the game.

UAB chipped away and cut the Tulane lead down to seven, 73-66, with just over two minutes remaining, but the Green Wave scored six of the next seven points to build the lead back to double digits with one minute left. The Blazers scored six in a row in a 20 second span to cut the deficit to four, but Max Keenan, who scored a total of six points, connected on both free throw attempts with 0:03 left to secure the victory.

In addition to Keenan's six points, Cam Reynolds posted a career-best 11, while Tomas Bruha and Payton Henson each added seven. Henson added eight rebounds and Bruha pulled down five boards.

UAB, who shot 36.8 percent from the floor in the game, was led by Chad Frazier's 21 points. Robert Williams added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Rod Rucker had 17 points and nine rebounds.

Tulane returns home to host UTEP on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT and UTSA on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.

Tickets for the 2013-14 Tulane men's basketball games are available for as low as $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. For additional information, contact the Tulane Team Shop ticket office in person on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information is also available over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.

- Tulane snapped a 10-game losing streak to UAB with the first win against the Blazers since March 3, 2007.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 20 points. It is his 21st double digit scoring game of the season and the 23rd of his career.
- Trey Drye scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 21 points. It is his fourth double digit scoring game of the season and the eighth of his career. Dye's total is a career-high and his first 20-plus point game.
- Cameron Reynolds scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 11 points. Reynold's total was a career-high and his double figure game of his career.
- Max Keenan scored his first career field goal for Tulane with a three-pointer in the first half. The senior added three free throws and finished with six points.