March 19, 2014
NEW ORLEANS -Jonathan Stark and Tre Drye combined for 35 points on Wednesday night, but it was not enough as the Tulane men's basketball ended their season with a 56-55 loss to visiting Princeton in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
Stark scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half and six in the final 0:22, while Drye posted 15 points and eight rebounds for the Green Wave who completed its season with a 17-17 overall record and a second consecutive postseason appearance.
Princeton (21-8) advanced to play at Fresno State in the second round of the CBI on Monday night.
The Tigers never trailed in the game after they opened the game by scoring the seven of the first nine points. Tulane did tie the score three times, but was never able to get over the hump and take the lead.
Princeton's largest lead of 14, came with 10:17 left in the game after they held a 29-23 lead at halftime. The Green Wave was not able to get closer than five in the second until Stark's two three-points in the final seconds to make the final a one-point decision.
"I thought Princeton came in and did what they had to do," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They got off to a good start and put us a little bit on our heels. I'd also like to credit our guys. They played extremely hard and we just could not find enough points of the offensive end."
Tulane, who played the game without leading scorer Louis Dabney due to a back injury, shot 40.8 percent from the floor in the game, including 46.2 percent in the second half. The Green Wave also hit six-of-20 three-pointers and outrebounded Princeton, 35-26, but committed 16 turnovers that resulted in 17 points for the Tigers.
Princeton connected on 42.9 percent of their field goal attempts and hit six-of-19 three-pointers.
The Tigers were led by Hans Brase with 16 points, while T.J. Bray posted 12 points and nine assists.
In addition to Stark and Drye's performances, Jay Hook added nine points and in the process became Tulane's all-time single-season three-point leader with a pair of long range baskets. Hook also pulled down eight rebounds.
- Freshman Cameron Reynolds started for the first time in his career tonight in place of the injured Louis Dabney. It marks just the fifth different starting line-up this season.
- Jay Hook's first 3-pointer in tonight's game moved the junior into first place on Tulane single season list. Hook finished the game with 2 and finished the season with 83. He overtook former teammate Jordan Callahan for had 81 in 2012-13.
- Trey Drye scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 15 points. It is his sixth double digit scoring game of the season and the 10th of his career.
- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 20 points, marking the freshman's 27th double figure scoring game of the season.