March 9, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Despite scoring a season-high 94 points on Saturday night, the Tulane men's basketball team couldn't hold off visiting Houston and fell, 96-94, on senior night in the regular season finale at Devlin Fieldhouse.
"The team is down. They wanted this game bad," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Anyone that watched his game knows how hard they competed and they wanted to win this for those two seniors. We came up short and didn't quite get it done."
Both Green Wave (18-13, 6-10 C-USA) seniors were two of the five Tulane players to score in double figures. Timmons posted a team-high 22 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds, while Callahan added 10 points. Junior Josh Davis had 21 points and seven boards, while freshman Kajon Mack chipped in a career-best 16 points and Ben Cherry added 11.
Joseph Young led Houston (18-13, 7-9 C-USA) with a career-high 32 points, including converting on a three-point play with 0:02 remaining in the game to give the Cougars their third straight win.
"We have to find a way," Conroy added. "We were very close, but we have to find a way to get those key stops. It is that one possession in a lot of these games."
Tulane led 94-93 after Timmons knocked down one of two free throws with 0:12 left before Young scored the eventual winning points. The Green Wave couldn't get a shot off before the final buzzer sounded.
The game saw nine lead changed and six ties with three ties and three lead changes in the final five minutes alone. Tulane's largest lead was 12, 78-66, with 9:29 left in the game, while Houston's largest lead was three, 91-88, with 2:29 remaining.
The Green Wave also built a double digit lead in the first half and led by 11, 44-33, with 3:18 left before Houston closed the gap to three at the break, 46-43.
The Cougars, who held three one-point leads in the first half, didn't retake the lead until a 3-pointer by Tione Womack put them up, 89-88, with 3:35 left in the contest.
Houston shot 59.3 percent from the floor for the game, including 65.4 percent in the first half. Tulane hit 49.1 percent from the floor and connected on 13-of-26 in the second half. The Green Wave also visited the free throw line 47 times, the sixth most attempts in school history, and knocked down 33 of them.
The loss for Tulane dropped the Green Wave to the No. 8 seed in next week's Conference USA Championships. They will face No. 9 seed Marshall at 8:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday in the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
- Freshman Kajon Mack scored a career-high 16 points in tonight's game. His first double figure scoring game of his career.
- Senior guard Kendall Timmons reached double figures in tonight's game with his 22. He now has scored in double figures in six games this season and in 61 games in his career. His 20-plus point mark the second time he accomplished the feat this season and the 14th time in his career.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in tonight's game with his 21. He now has scored in double figures in 28 games this season and in 47 games in his career. His 20-plus point mark the ninth time he accomplished the feat this season and the 12th time in his career.
- Senior guard Ben Cherry reached double figures in tonight's game with his 11. He now has scored in double figures in three games this season and in five games in his career.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan reached double figures in tonight's game with his 10. He now has scored in double figures in 16 games this season and in 67 games in his career.
- Tulane attempted 47 free throws in tonight's game, the most since attempting 41 against Gardner-Webb on Dec. 8, 2007 and it is tied for the sixth most attempts in school history.
- Tonight's game marks the highest scoring game in the 30 games in the series between Tulane and Houston. Both totals are the highest scored by each team in the series as well.