Nov. 15, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - Points came early and often Tuesday night for the Tulane men's basketball team and the Green Wave defense shut down Nicholls State en route to a 96-50 victory in Fogelman Arena.
Tulane (2-0) was led by four players in double figures, including sophomore transfer Josh Davis' second double double in as many games as a Green Wave player with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Kendall Timmons added 20 points, while Jordan Callahan had 16 and Ricky Tarrant netted a career-best 13 points to go with six assists.
"I was very happy with the way our guys came out and conducted their business tonight," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We played very, very hard right from the opening tip. We also played under control on the offensive end and we shared the ball extremely well. Defensively was closed the gaps well and didn't allow them to get off many of their shots."
The Green Wave defense held Nicholls State (0-2) in check for the entire game and didn't allow a single player to reach double figures. The Colonels shot just 34.0 percent from the floor ion the game, including 2-11 from 3-point range.
Tulane jumped out early, scoring the first five points of the game, and then continued to expand the lead, holding a 24-4 advantage less than five minutes into the game. The Green Wave's largest lead of the half was the 26-point halftime different after Tulane closed the half with a 10-0 run.
The Green Wave connected on 18 of 28 shots in the opening half, including knocking down eight of 16 3-pointers. For the game, Tulane shot 58.6 percent from the floor and hit 13 3-pointers, the third most in a single game in school history.
All 14 players dressed on the bench played at least three minutes in the game for Tulane and nine different players cracked the scoring column, while 13 of the 14 recorded at least one rebound or assist.
As a team, Tulane grabbed 40 rebounds and dished out 25 assists. Trent Rogers, a senior guard, had a career-high seven assists to go with eight points off the bench. Tarrant added six assists and Davis passed for four.
Freshman Jay Hook knocked down three 3-pointers for a career-best nine points off the bench. He also added four rebounds.
Jeremy Smith led Nicholls State with nine points, while Shane Rillieux added eight points and five rebounds.
Tulane completes the three-game homestand Friday for a businessman's special 12:30 p.m. tip against Maryland-Eastern Shore in Fogelman Arena.
- Jordan Callahan's 16 points tonight marked his 31st double figure scoring game of his career.
- Callahan's three 3-pointers made tonight also moves him closer to the top 10 in career 3-pointers made at Tulane. The junior is now just 15 away from 10th-place.
- Josh Davis recorded his second double figure scoring game of his Tulane career and his second double double with 23 points and 11 rebounds tonight. Davis' 23 points is also a career-high, surpassing his 15 points her recorded in the season opener.
- Kendall Timmons collected his 44th double figure scoring game of his career with 20 points tonight. It is also his seventh straight double figure scoring game dating back to last season. His 20 points also marks his 10th 20-plus point game of his career.
- Tulane's 13 made 3-pointers are tied for the third most in a single game in Green Wave history. The 31 attempts are also tied for the third most.
- Tulane's 96 points are the most scored by a Green Wave team in a game since Dec. 20, 2002 when Tulane defeated Savannah State, 103-47, in Fogelman Arena.