March 14, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Ricky Tarrant's 3-pointer with 6.9 second remaining capped the eighth-seeded Tulane men's basketball team's come-from-behind, 66-64, victory over No. 9 seed Marshall in the opening round of the 2013 Conference USA Championships at the BOK Center.
The Green Wave (19-13) trailed Marshall (13-19) by 13 points with 12:15 left and by 10 with 10:47 remaining before scoring 15 of the next 20 points to knot the game at 47-47 with 7:07 left.
Tulane then took its first lead since 2-0 less than 30 seconds later on a 3-pointer from Tarrant. The game saw nine lead changes and four ties after that point, including a 63-63 deadlock with 1:02 remaining after Kendall Timmons hit a jumper.
Marshall's DeAndre Kane missed a jumper on the ensuing possession with 0:43 left and Tulane's Josh Davis grabbed the rebound, his game-high 12th of the night. The Green Wave then drained the shot clock down to one second before Tarrant's fifth 3-point banked off the backboard and into the goal.
Kane hit one of two free throws after a foul was called on Davis to cut the deficit down to two, but the Thundering Herd missed 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won the game.
"Credit Marshall, they had an excellent game plan," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We faced them one time and beat them by a considerable margin, but we knew how talented they were and how good they were. They had a great game plan and kept us off balance.
"The biggest thing in the game was how we challenged our team to change the course of the game somehow," Conroy added. "Our threes and the ability to get into the press on some makes we were able to get a flurry and get the game changed."
Tarrant finished the game with 21 points, while Davis added 18, Timmons had 10 and Ben Cherry posted eight.
Kane led Marshall with 22 points. Tinnon added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Elijah Pittman chipped in 12 points.
After Tulane scored the first two points of the game on a jumper from Davis, the game went back and forth and was tied at 14-14 with 11:25 left before Marshall rattled off a 10-0 run to give then their first double digit lead of the game. The Green Wave used a mini 5-0 run to chipped away, but the Thundering Herd built the lead back to nine, 29-20, at the break.
Tulane shot 39.3 percent from the floor for the game, but hit 53.8 percent in the second half, including seven-of-11 in from 3-point land. The Green Wave hit just one-of-12 in the opening half from long range.
Marshall shot 47.1 percent from the floor in the game, including 52.2 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Tulane's win snapped a season-long four-game losing streak and also ended a four-game losing skid in the C-USA Championships.
The Green Wave advanced to face top-seeded Memphis in the second round on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network and can be heard, as always, on the Tulane IMG Sports Network and on all-access at www.tulanegreenwave.com
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in tonight's game with his 18. He now has scored in double figures in 29 games this season and in 48 games in his career.
- Davis pulled down 1? rebounds tonight, marking his 18th double digit rebound game of the season and 34th of his career.
- Davis collected his 17th double double of the season and the 29th of his career with his 18 points and 12 rebounds tonight.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in tonight's game with his 21. He now has scored in double figures in 26 games this season and in 50 games in his career.
- Senior guard Kendall Timmons reached double figures in tonight's game with his 10. He now has scored in double figures in seven games this season and in 62 games in his career.
- Tulane earned a victory in the C-USA Championships for the first time since 2009.
- Tulane improved to 3-0 against Marshall in the C-USA Championships.