Team Effort Propels Men's Basketball Over Loyola, 103-74

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Sophomore Louis Dabney scored a game-high 24 points
Sophomore Louis Dabney scored a game-high 24 points

Nov. 3, 2013

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NEW ORLEANS - It was a total team effort by the Tulane men's basketball team on Sunday night at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse as five Green Wave players scored in double figures in the, 103-74, exhibition win over cross-campus foe Loyola.

Sophomore Louis Dabney led all scorers in the game with 24 points, while junior Jay Hook added 19, Jonathan Stark had 18, Cameron Reynolds posted 13 and Payton Henson chipped in 12. The last three are all members of the eight-player freshman class of the Green Wave.

Stark, who started the game, also pulled down nine rebounds and dished out a game-high seven assists in 33 minutes of action. Junior Tre Drye grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds and had eight points in the victory.

"This was a great test for us," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "It always is because we know they (Loyola) are going to be well prepared and play us very hard. I was pleased with how things went for us tonight. We played a lot of guys and our bench really gained some valuable experience and that was what tonight was all about."

All 13 players that suited up for Tulane played at least three minutes and nine players cracked the scoring column.

Loyola jumped out to an early lead as it took Tulane a while to get things started. The Wolfpack led 6-1 out of the gate and held a 15-8 advantage six minutes into the contest. The Green Wave then used a three-pointer and jumper by Dabney and a pair of Hook lay-ups to take the lead, 18-17, with 12:13 left in the opening half. The lead was never relinquished.

Tulane built its first double digit lead just minutes later and built up as much as an 18-point advantage in the first half and held a 52-36 lead at the break.

A solid second half secured the victory for the Green Wave. Offensively, Tulane shot 50.0 percent in the final 20 minutes and held Loyola to 36.4 percent shooting.

For the game, Tulane hit 49.3 percent from the floor, including 11-of-19 from 3-point range. Loyola hit just 33.3 percent from the floor and was six-of-21 from three.

Tulane's defense also forced 18 turnovers that were converted into 30 points.

Mason Ibert led Loyola with 15 points, while Aleksandar Matoski had 14 and Cameron Hill chipped in 13.

The Green Wave opens the regular season on Friday when they host New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) at 8 p.m. CT in Devlin Fieldhouse. The game is the second half of a double header with the Tulane women. The Green Wave women host UNO at 6 p.m. CT.

Season tickets for the 2013-14 Tulane men's basketball season will cost $250 for reserved courtside, $125 for adult baseline, $50 for youth baseline and $300 for the "Family 4 Pack" which includes two adult and two youth tickets. For additional information, contact the Tulane Team Shop ticket office in person on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information is also available over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.

- Tulane starters in the exhibition game tonight were sophomore Louis Dabney, freshman Jonathan Stark, senior Kevin Thomas, junior Tre Drye and junior Jay Hook.

- The game was Tulane's only exhibition game of the 2013-14 season.