Feb. 22, 2012
DALLAS - It was poor shooting and turnovers that doomed the Tulane men's basketball team on Wednesday night as the Green Wave hit just 28.9 percent from the floor and committed 20 turnovers in a 64-50 loss to SMU at Moody Coliseum.
The Green Wave (15-12, 3-10 C-USA) failed to find a rhythm from the floor and hit just two of 22 3-point attempts as well. The Mustangs (12-16, 3-10 C-USA) continued its hot shooting from the second half of their game at Marshall and connected on 53.4 percent from the field that included seven of 17 3-pointers.
SMU also converted Tulane's 20 turnovers into 21 points.
"We did not perform well and it was the things we worked on all week. Taking care of the basketball and making smart decisions," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We forced way too many things trying to go toward the basket instead of moving the ball. SMU switched up the defense a little on us and we just didn't play well."
Ricky Tarrant led the Green Wave once again with 21 points. The five-time reigning Conference USA Freshman of the Week posted 18 in the second half, including hitting nine of 11 free throws in the final 20 minutes of the game.
SMU scored the first two points of the game on s dunk by Cannen Cunningham and never trailed. Tulane's Kevin Thomas put in a lay-up seconds later for the only tie of the game that was then answered by six straight points by the Mustangs. The Green Wave then scored four straight to cut the deficit to 8-6, but never got closer the rest of the game.
The Mustangs held a 25-19 lead at the half after owning as much as a 10 point lead in the first half. SMU built a 14-point lead with 8:52 remaining in the game before Tulane was able to chip away and cut the lead down to six, 47-41, with 4:43 left. The run included nine made free throws, a 3-pointer and lay-up from Tarrant and a tip-in from Thomas.
SMU outscored Tulane, 17-9 the rest of the way to pull off the victory and snap an eight-game conference losing streak. The loss was the 14th straight on the road in conference play by the Green Wave.
Josh Davis led Tulane with 11 rebounds to go with six points. The Green Wave outrebounded SMU, 34-29, including 14 on the offensive end that led to 12 second chance points.
Tulane also connected on 22 of 31 free throws in the game.
London Giles led SMU with 17 points, while Robert Nyakundi and Jeremia Samarrippas each added nine points. Leslee Smith pulled down 11 rebounds off the bench.
Tulane returns home to host Tulsa on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT in Fogelman Arena. The game will be broadcast live of Cox Sports Television.
- Josh Davis pulled down 11 rebounds for the 15th game this season.
- Freshman Ricky Tarrant scored in double figures for the 22nd game this season with his 21 points tonight. He has now scored in double figures in 13 straight games and has reached 20-plus points eight times this year.