Feb. 16, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Saturday afternoon belonged to Jordan Callahan as the senior guard became Tulane's all-time leader in 3-pointers and guided the Green Wave to a come-from-behind 78-67 victory over visiting SMU in a Conference USA game in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Callahan poured in 20 points and hit six 3-pointers to surpass the school record held by Jerald Honeycutt since 1997. The Marietta, Ga., native needed four 3-pointers entering the game to break the record and drained a career-high six.
"Jordan didn't sneak into the record," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "He needed three coming in and hit six. I'm really happy for him and today he gave us a great lift off the bench with his record-breaking performance."
Tulane (17-9, 5-6 C-USA) once again overcame a double digit deficit to claim victory. This time it was a 14-point lead that SMU (13-13, 3-8 C-USA) held midway through the first half. The Mustangs jumped out to a 13-1 lead before the Green Wave knocked down its first field goal, a jumper by Ricky Tarrant with 13:22 left in the half.
SMU then scored the next four points to lead 17-3 with 11:51 remaining. Tulane then scored 14 of the next 16 points to cut the deficit to two, 19-17, with 7:01 left. The Mustangs answered with a pair of free throws from Ryan Manuel before the Green Wave got four straight points from Josh Davis to tie the score at 21-21 with 5:47 remaining.
"Our guys showed some great maturity and maybe it was because of the experience we been through before," Conroy said about coming back from double digits again. "We had a lot of resolve and great mental toughness at that point. I was frustrated and I know our guys were, but then we found a rhythm and we got it going."
Tulane took the lead for good just over a minute later with a 3-pointer from Callahan that gave them a 27-25 advantage. The Green Wave held a 33-29 lead at the break.
Tulane then built up double digit leads in the second half, including 53-43 with 12:34 left after an 8-0 run sparked by a pair of 3-pointers from Callahan. The Green Wave then led 60-49, its largest lead of the game, after a 3-pointer from Tarrant with 8:08 left.
Tarrant finished with a game-high 25 points complimenting Callahan's 20. Davis added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Tulane knocked down 14 3-pointers in the game, the second most in school history and tying the most in a conference game by a Green Wave team. For the game, Tulane hit 46.0 percent from the floor, including 61.9 percent in the second half and 46.7 percent from 3-point range.
SMU shot 56.3 percent from the floor in the game, including 61.5 percent in the second half, but the Mustangs committed 20 turnovers that led to 26 points for Tulane.
All five starters scored in double figures for SMU led by Shawn Williams' 16 and Nick Russell's 13.
Tulane will have a bye during the week and return to the court next Saturday at Rice for a 7 p.m. CT tip in Tudor Fieldhouse.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan became the school's all-time leader for 3-pointers made in the game today. His made 3-pointer with 14:36 left in the second was his 194th, passing Jerald Honeycutt's record of 193 that stood since 1997. Callahan finished the game with a career-high tying six 3-pointers and now has 196 in his career.
- Callahan reached double figures in today's game with his 20. He now has scored in double figures in 13 games this season and in 64 games in his career. His 20 points also marks his third 20-plus point game this season and the ninth of his career.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in today's game with his 25. He now has scored in double figures in 21 games this season and in 45 games in his career. Tarrant's 25 point total also gives him 20-plus points for the seventh game this season and 16th game of his career.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in today's game with his 15. He now has scored in double figures in 24 games this season and in 43 games in his career.
- Tulane's 14 3-pointers in today's game is a season-high and ties for the second most made in a game in school history.