Nov. 1, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Senior Linton Johnson scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures as Tulane University defeated VASDA, 98-87, in men's basketball exhibition action Thursday evening at Fogelman Arena.
Johnson shot 8-of-10 from the field and added seven rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Junior Waitari Marsh (Chicago, Ill.) added 15 points and six assists, while junior Brandon Spann had 12 points and seven assists. Sophomore Wayne Tinsley scored 16, while junior Brandon Brown chipped in with 10.
The teams battled close for the first four minutes of the game as each shook of its off-season rustiness. However, the Wave came together, building a 17-4 run to take a 33-17 lead. Six different players scored in the run, led by five points from Marsh.
The Green Wave continued to build the lead behind a full-court press and hot shooting from long range. Tulane knocked down five first-half three-pointers and held a 22-15 edge on the boards as it took a 53-35 lead at the break.
In the second half, head coach Shawn Finney worked his bench much more. No player saw more than 26 minutes of action with nine players getting 11 minutes or more. Last season's Green Wave team had just nine players total.
Tulane knocked down 49.4 percent (38-of-77) of its shots, while VASDA hit 51.6 percent (32-of-62). Many of VASDA's shots came after breaking the Green Wave press, which forced 26 turnovers in the contest. Tulane attempted 15 more shots than VASDA in the contest.
The Wave is back in action next Thursday, hosting Global Sports in its final exhibition match. Tulane opens the 2001-2002 season on Friday, Nov. 16 as part of a Green Wave Basketball doubleheader. The Wave women host High Point at 6 p.m., followed by the men vs. next-door rival Loyola at approximately 8 p.m.