Men's Basketball Falls to UTEP

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM <b>Junior Jay Hook had 14 points against UTEP</b>
Junior Jay Hook had 14 points against UTEP

Feb. 20, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - Louis Dabney and Jay Hook each scored 14 points for the Tulane men's basketball team on Thursday night, but it wasn't enough in the Green Wave's 72-54 loss to visiting UTEP in a Conference USA game.

Tulane (14-13, 6-6 C-USA) also got nine points from Jonathan Stark and nine rebounds from Tre Drye in the loss.

UTEP (20-7, 10-2 C-USA) kept pace with Middle Tennessee for the top spot in the conference with four games remaining. The Green Wave dropped to seven-place, but still remain alive for a first-round bye in next month's C-USA Championships.

"Credit UTEP. I thought they played in really good rhythm tonight," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Our guys played extremely hard and we gave great effort, but we didn't play as smart and efficient as we should have at times."

The first eight-plus minutes of the game went back and forth with six lead changes and three ties, but UTEP took a 15-14 lead on a jumper from Julian Washburn with 11:25 left in the opening half that gave the Miners the lead, one they would not relinquish.

Tulane trailed 32-24 at the half and the deficit never got more than 10 until UTEP used an 8-1 run midway into the second half that broke the game open and expended the lead to 59-43 with 5:24 left in the contest.

Hook scored his 14 points my knocking down four three-pointers in as many attempts to go with another field goal, while Dabney hit six-of-10 from the free throw to compliment his four field goals. Cameron Reynolds also added seven points that included a pair of three-pointers. Drye chipped in six points to go with his nine boards.

Tulane shot 35.4 percent from the floor and hit six-of-20 three pointers. UTEP knocked down 56.3 percent from the floor and was two-of-eight from three-point range.

John Bohannon led all scorers in the game with 20 points, while Vince Hunter and C.J. Cooper each posted 12.

The Miners won the battle on the boards, 31-27, and scored 42 points in the paint.

Tulane continues the homestand on Saturday against UTSA at 7 p.m. CT before hosting FAU next Wednesday.

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- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 14 points. It is his 22nd double digit scoring game of the season and the 24th of his career.
- Jay Hook scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 14 points. It is his 17th double digit scoring game of the season and the 18th of his career.