March 14, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Despite Josh Davis' 18th double double of the season and 18 points from Jordan Callahan, the No. 8 seed Tulane men's basketball team couldn't hold off top-seeded and 20th-ranked Memphis, falling, 81-68, in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Conference USA Championships at the BOK Center.
Davis posted 21 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for the Green Wave (19-14) and reached the 1,000 career points scored milestone with a lay-up midway through the second half of the game.
Memphis (28-4) advanced to the semifinal round and will face either East Carolina or Tulsa at 6 p.m. CT on Friday.
The game was close in the first half and Tulane trailed Memphis, 30-27, with 5:59 remaining before the Tigers close out the half by scoring the last 14 points to hold a 44-27 lead at the break.
"Credit Memphis with how they came out and started the first half," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They came out and really settled in and guarded us extremely well on the ball."
Memphis then built their largest lead of the game, 48-30, less than two minutes into the second half and the Tigers led by double digits until Tulane was able to chip away and cut the deficit to nine, 65-56, with 5:51 left, but that was as close as they would get.
"The game really got away from us at the end of the first half, but my guys really battled and fought in the second half and gave us a chance," Conroy added. "We just couldn't get enough shots to go. If a couple shots go here or there maybe we have a different outcome."
Tulane shot just 38.1 percent from the floor in the game, including five-of-19 in from 3-point range. Callahan hit four of those threes to move him into a tie for the single-season record at Tulane with 77.
The Green Wave did hit 15-of-17 from the free throw line.
Memphis connected on 55.4 percent from the floor and hit nine-of-24 3-pointers.
Timmons added 10 points and five rebounds for Tulane, while Ricky Tarrant had seven points and five assists.
Chris Crawford, the C-USA Sixth Man of the Year, led Memphis with 24 points, while Adonis Thomas had 17 points and eight rebounds and Joe Jackson, the conference Player of the Year, added 15 points.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan reached double figures in tonight's game with his 18. He now has scored in double figures in 17 games this season and in 68 games in his career.
- Callahan's four 3-pointers tonight give him 77 this season, tying the Tulane single season record of 77 held by Michael Christian set in 1989-90.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in tonight's game with his 21. He now has scored in double figures in 30 games this season and in 49 games in his career.
- Davis pulled down 15 rebounds tonight, marking his 19th double digit rebound game of the season and 35th of his career.
- Davis collected his 18th double double of the season and the 30th of his career with his 21 points and 15 rebounds tonight.
- Davis recorded his 1,000 career point with a lay-up with 9:00 left in the second half. He finished the game with 1,009 Points in his career and 929 Points at Tulane. Davis scored 80 points at N.C. State as a freshman.
- Senior guard Kendall Timmons reached double figures in tonight's game with his 10. He now has scored in double figures in eight games this season and in 63 games in his career.