Nov. 8, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Junior Brandon Spann (New Orleans, La.) scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting to lead Tulane University to a 97-79 victory over Global Sports in men's basketball exhibition action Thursday evening at Fogelman Arena.
The Wave placed five players in double figures, as it did against VASDA last Thursday. In addition to Spann, junior Nick Sinville (Shreveport, La.) tallied 16 points and eight rebounds and junior Brandon Brown (Houma, La.) notched 16 points. Sophomore Wayne Tinsley (Fontana, Calif.) was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor, finishing with 12 points to go with five assists, four steals and no turnovers. Junior Waitari Marsh also added 12points, along with a game-high eight assists.
Tulane led by as many as 17 early in the second half, but Global made a run, outscoring the Wave 12-2 over a three and a half minute stretch, making the score 63-56 with 13:51 remaining.
"The best part of this game was when they made their run," head coach Shawn Finney said. "We responded."
The Wave did, in fact, respond, as five different players scored in a 15-5 Tulane spurt which made it 79-61 with 9:26 to go. Marsh jump-started the run with a pair of free throws, followed by unanswered layups from Sinville and Brown. After a three-pointer by Global's Mark Young, Marsh knocked down another free throw and freshman Ben Benfield (River Ridge, La.) converted a three-point play. After a pair of Global free throws, Brown scored in the paint and Spann nailed a jumper and a pair of free throws to build the lead to 18.
In the first half, trailed 11-10, but Benfield and Marsh sparked a14-0 run. The freshman opened the stretch with a three-pointer from the right side from a Marsh assist. Marsh converted a steal and a layup and then the junior point guard found Benfield in the corner for another three to ignite the crowd. Sinville and Spann followed with layups and the Wave appeared to have the game in control. The lead grew to 15 at the break at 54-39.