Feb. 29, 2012
HOUSTON - Tulane will have to wait four more years to try to snag a victory on Leap Day as the Green Wave fell to Houston, 82-53, on Wednesday night in Hofheinz Pavilion in the final road game of the regular season.
The Green Wave (15-14, 3-12 C-USA) were held in check the entire game by Houston's (14-14, 6-9 C-USA) defense and the Cougars exploded a season-high 82 points in a conference game.
"Credit Houston for coming out the way they did tonight," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They jump out of the gates early in both halves and did a really good job of attacking. Their perimeter defenders did a great job and played with tremendous energy tonight, making it hard on our guys. We were able to take what they gave us and Josh Davis had a very good game offensively, but we didn't finish enough shots and control the game the way we needed to."
Davis led Tulane with his 12th double double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Davis knocked down three 3-pointers on his way to his second 20-plus point game of the season.
Houston's defense, which held Tulane to 32.2 percent shooting from the floor, also held Ricky Tarrant, the C-USA's leading scorer, to 0-9 shooting and his first scoreless game of his collegiate career. The freshman did dish out five assists in the loss.
All five starters for the Cougars scored in double figures led by Jonathan Simmons with 23 to go with eight rebounds.
Houston shot 60.3 percent from the floor in the game, including knocking down six of 15 3-pointers. The Cougars also dished out 20 assists and outrebounded Tulane, 41-27. Leon Gibson led the way with 10 boards, while Alandise Harris and TaShawn Thomas each pulled down nine.
Houston scored the first five points of the game and after Tulane posted back-to-back baskets from Nwogbo and Callahan to cut the deficit to 5-4, the Cougars scored nine straight to take a double digit lead. Tulane never got closer than seven points of the rest of the way and trailed 44-30 at the break.
The Cougars then opened the second half by scoring the first eight points to take a 52-30 lead and held at least a 21-point lead the remainder of the contest. Houston's largest lead of 32 came with 7:04 left, 74-32.
Tulane will try to close out the regular season with a win on senior night Saturday with East Carolina visits Fogelman Arena at 7 p.m. CT. Senior's Trent Rogers and Dan Monckton will be honored prior to the game.
- Tulane falls to 1-5 on Leap Day.
- Josh Davis reached double figures in the scoring column for the 18th game this season with his 22 points tonight. His 22 points also marks his second 20-plus point game of the season.
- Davis also pulled down 12 rebounds for his 12th double double this season.