March 2, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - In a game for the books, a tale of two halves for the Tulane men's basketball team ended with a 34-point swing in favor of Tulsa in a, 78-66, victory for the Golden Hurricane over the visiting Green Wave on Saturday afternoon at the Reynolds Center.
Tulane (18-11, 6-8 C-USA) held as much as a 22-point lead over Tulsa (15-13, 7-7 C-USA) in the first half and led 43-23 at the break. The Golden Hurricane then mounted an historic come-back by outscoring the Green Wave 55-23 in the final 20 minutes to complete the 34-point swing.
"We challenged our guys at practice yesterday and I could not have been more proud of the way they responded in the first half," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We told them to wipe the score off at halftime and come out and show the mental toughness in the second half. Quite frankly, we did not stop them in the second half and did nothing on offense that we did in the first half."
The Green Wave led the entire first half and used a 9-0 midway through the half give grab a double digit lead and eventually led, 37-15, with 5:11 left. Tulsa used a 6-0 run to cut the deficit back to 14 before Tulane closed the by scoring six straight of their own, including four free throws from Ricky Tarrant.
Tulsa open the second half by outscoring Tulane, 12-4, to start chipping away, making the score 47-35 with 14:08 remaining in the game. The Green Wave built its lead back to 15, 52-37, with 12:28 left on a three-point play by Josh Davis.
Over the next five minutes, Tulsa cut the deficit down to just one and eventually took its first lead of the game, 58-57, with 6:44 remaining. Tulane retook the lead on a lay-up by Jordan Callahan, and led by three with just over five minutes to play, but scored just three points the rest of the game.
Tulsa retook the lead for good with 3:49 left on a jumper by Scottie Haralson and built a double digit lead with a 17-0 over the next 4:30.
Tarrant and Davis each posted 16 points for Tulane, while Callahan added 11. Davis pulled down eight rebounds as well, while Kendall Timmons had seven boards to go with six points and four assists. Tre Drye chipped in with seven points and five rebounds.
Haralson led Tulsa with 16 points, while James Woodard, Pat Swilling, Jr., and Rashard Ray each posted 12. Woodard had a team-high eight rebounds.
Tulane shot 30.0 percent from the floor for the game and hit just seven-of-28 in the second half. The Green Wave also hit six-of-23 from 3-point land and connected on 24-of-28 free throws.
Tulsa shot 43.1 percent from the floor, including 59.3 percent in the second half. The Golden Hurricane hit 28-of-34 free throws and pulled down 45 rebounds to the 34 by the Green Wave.
Tulane will close out the road portion of the regular season on Wednesday in Greenville, N.C., when they face East Carolina at 6 p.m. CT in Minges Coliseum.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in today's game with his 16. He now has scored in double figures in 24 games this season and in 48 games in his career.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in today's game with his 16. He now has scored in double figures in 26 games this season and in 45 games in his career.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan reached double figures in today's game with his 11. He now has scored in double figures in 14 games this season and in 65 games in his career.