Nov. 9, 2012
ATLANTA, Ga. - Josh Davis' career-high 27 points was not enough for the Tulane men's basketball team to spoil the opener of Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion on Friday night in the first game of the 2012-13 season as the Green Wave fell to the Yellow Jackets, 79-61, in front of the sold out crowd of 8,600.
Davis hit 12 of 15 shots from the floor, including a 3-pointer, and knocked down a pair of free throws in 33 minutes of play to top his previous high of 23 points collected last season against Nicholls State.
Davis had 15 in the first half to keep the Green Wave (0-1) in the game. Georgia Tech (1-0) led 39-30 at the break, but Davis and company chipped away to get as close as five, 41-36, three minutes into the half by scoring six of the first eight points of the second half. Davis had four of those six points for Tulane.
Georgia Tech built it back to an eight-point lead 46-38 on a pair of free throws by Robert Carter, Jr., with 16:11 left.
Davis hit a lay-up less than 30 seconds later to make the score 46-40 and that was as close as the Green Wave would get the rest of the way. The Yellow Jackets scored the next seven points to take a double digit lead, one they wouldn't relinquish the remaining 13:23 of the game.
"I thought Tech right from the very first possession with their offensive rebounds set the tone for the game," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They came out with great energy and Coach Gregory had them ready to play. They sustained that energy throughout the game even though we made a little run in the second half."
Tech's largest lead of 21 points came with 4:24 remaining in the game.
Ricky Tarrant added 18 points for Tulane, including 14 in the second half.
Georgia Tech was led by Kammeon Holsey's 18 points off the bench. Marcus Georges-Hunt added 14 points, while Chris Bolden has 12 and Daniel Miller posted 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Miller's 10 boards were part of the Yellow Jackets' domination on the glass. Georgia Tech outrebounded Tulane, 47-23, and had 16 offensive boards that led to 17 second chance points.
Tulane shot 42.4 percent from the floor and hit 25 of 49 field goals. The Green Wave only knocked down three of 12 from 3-point range and just eight of 16 free throws though.
Georgia Tech connected on 56.7 percent from the field, including 17 of 27 in the second half (63.0 percent).
The Green Wave did manage to commit a school record low four turnovers in the game and forced 10 Georgia Tech miscues. Tulane scored 10 points off of those turnovers.
The loss snaps Tulane's three-game win streak against Georgia Tech and also ends the streak of two straight wins to open the season.
The Green Wave will return to the court on Tuesday for the first of the four game Joe Cipirano Nebraska Classic. Tulane will face Bethune-Cookman in their debut in Devlin Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. CT.