Nov. 11, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - Josh Davis, playing in his first game for the Tulane men's basketball team after sitting out last season, posted 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Green Wave to a 72-63 victory over Alabama A&M Friday night in the season-opener at Fogelman Arena.
Kendall Timmons, a preseason All-Conference USA selection led the Green Wave (1-0) with 16 points in the victory.
Davis, who transferred from N.C. State, hit 6-10 from the floor, 3-6 of the line and has two steals to go with his points and rebounds.
"Josh is such a versatile players," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "He can play all parts of the game and he's such a competitor. He will figure out what the team needs most at that time. Where we struggled tonight was on the boards, but Josh came up with some big ones."
Alabama A&M (0-1) scored the opening basket of the 2011-12 season, but the Green Wave scored the next seven and never relinquished the lead. The 7-0 run started with a Davis dunk and was capped by a Davis lay-up.
Tulane built as much as a 16-point lead in the opening half, 36-20, after a pair of free throws by Ricky Tarrant with 3:59 remaining. The Green Wave led 42-28 at the break.
AAMU did manage to cut the deficit down to six, 47-41, with 13:45 left in the game after rattling off a 9-0 run, but Tulane didn't fold and got the lead back to double figures with a tip-in by Davis and a 3-pointer from Jay Hook less than four minutes later. The Green Wave maintained a double digit lead for most of the rest of the half before a late 3-pointer by the Bulldogs' Green Hill with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Senior Trent Rogers came off the bench to add nine points and five assists, including hitting seven of 10 free throws. Jordan Callahan and freshman Grant Fiorentinos each chipped in with seven points in starting rolls, while Hook hit a pair of 3-pointers for six points and has four rebounds.
Tulane shot 48.0 percent from the floor in the game, including 51.7 percent in the opening half. The Green Wave connected on just two of eight 3-pointers, but hit 22 of 34 from the free throw line.
"We are still trying to find the line-ups that work best together and obviously tonight we didn't have a consistent enough outside attack," Conroy added. "I don't think it was because we didn't have shooters on the floor. I just don't think we are sharing the ball as well as we need to share it."
Defensively, Tulane held AAMU to 41.8 percent shooting, including just 37.9 percent in the first half. The Green Wave also forced 19 turnovers that were converted into 23 points.
Casey Canty led all scorers in the game with 19 points for the Bulldogs, the only member of the squad to reach double figures. AAMU did outrebound Tulane, 37-34, including 10 offensive boards.
Tulane will continue the three-game home stand Tuesday when Nicholls States visits Fogelman Arena for a 7 p.m. CT tip.
- Freshmen Ricky Tarrant and Grant Fiorentinos and sophomore transfer Josh Davis each made their first start for the Green Wave tonight.
- Kendall Timmons, playing in his 70th career game, recorded his 43rd double figure scoring game with 16 points tonight.
- Josh Davis collected his first career double figure scoring game with the Green Wave with 15 points tonight. Davis' 15 points are a collegiate high for the transfer from N.C. State. His previous high was 12 scored against Virginia Tech. His 12 rebounds tonight for Tulane also are a career-high in college, surpassing six recorded in the same game against Virginia Tech.
Davis collected his first double double as a collegiate player tonight with his 15 points and 12 rebounds.