Nov. 13, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Despite trailing for most of the first half, the Tulane men's basketball team pulled off a 65-55 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday night to open Devlin Fieldhouse in the first game of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.
The Green Wave (1-1) trailed for the first 14 minutes of the game after Bethune-Cookman (0-2) jumped out early and built as much as a nine-point lead. The Wildcats led 22-13 with 11:32 left in the opening half before Tulane used a 19-4 run to take the lead with 5:59 left.
Senior guard Ben Cherry's two free throws gave the Green Wave that lead, one they would not relinquish the rest of the game. Tulane built as much as a six-point lead in the first half and led 37-31 at the break. The Green Wave used a 9-0 during that stretch as well to help take over the game.
"We are still a work in progress with some things and our rotation, but each game we've had some positives," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Tonight our guys were able to make the adjustment once we were down and changed up how we pressured them defensively. We were able to speed them up a little and get them out of their comfort zone.'
Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant led all scorers with 21 points to go with four assists, while junior forward Josh Davis added 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Senior forward Kendall Timmons added eight points and six rebounds and sophomore forward Tre Drye came off the bench to grab eight boards and score six points.
Bethune-Cookman scored the first four points of the second half to cut the deficit back down to two, but a dunk by Drye and a 3-pointer from senior guard Jordan Callahan lifted the lead up to seven, 42-35. Tulane then used an 8-0 run to take a 50-39 lead, the largest of the game, with 11:34 remaining.
The Wildcats did cut it down to four, 57-53, with just over four minutes left, but Tulane closed the game by scoring eight of the last 10 points to secure the victory.
"This is a night that I knew could be a tough mental challenge," Conroy said. "This Bethune-Cookman is full of seniors that have been successful and they know how to control tempo. But, we found a way to get to the free throw line against their zone and we really got on the boards. I was proud of our guys."
The Green Wave shot 32.7 percent from the floor, but hit 28 of 35 free throws and five of 14 3-pointers. B-CU hit 38.6 percent from the floor and managed just four of seven from the free throw line. The Wildcats also hit seven of 22 3-pointers.
Tulane, one game removed from being outrebounded by 23, grabbed five more boards than Bethune-Cookman did in the game, 39-34, including 17 offensive rebounds that resulted in 22 second chance points.
The Green Wave also forced 15 turnovers and scored 27 points off the B-CU miscues.
The Green Wave continues the home stand on Friday with a 12:30 p.m. CT game against Nebraska-Omaha in Devlin Fieldhouse. The game is Tulane's annual "School Day" where local schools are encouraged to bring their students to the game on a fieldtrip. For more information regarding the event contact Donald Reyes at email@example.com.
Season tickets for the 2012-13 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 2 adult and 2 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.
- Junior forward Josh Davis scored in double figures for the second straight game of the season and the 21st game of his career with 14 points tonight.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant scored in double figures for the second straight game of the season and the 26th game of his career with 21 points tonight. His 21 points mark his 10th 20-plus point game of his career.
- Tarrant also tied his career-high with 11 free throws made.