A career-high 22 points from Brandon Brown helped lift the Wave to an 87-47 victory in its opening game.
Nov. 16, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University connected on 60 percent of its shots to cruise to an 87-47 victory over Loyola University in its season opener Friday evening at Fogelman Arena before 3,011 fans.
Junior Brandon Brown led the way for the Wave, scoring a career-high 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting. Junior Brandon Spann added 14 points, while junior Waitari Marsh added 12 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Junior Nick Sinville also added 12 points in the win.
"Brandon Brown had a monster first half, he was aggressive on the press, he battled on the boards, he even stepped out and made an 18-footer," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "He looked like he could take over for Ledaryl [Billingsley, who completed his eligibility last season] after tonight."
Tulane (1-0) not only hit 39 of its 65 shots, but it also held Loyola (3-2) to just 32 percent (16-of-50) shooting in the game. Mack Doby led the Wolfpack with 13 points.
The Wave tallied 29 assists in the game, matching the third-most in school history. Tulane's starting lineup connected on 31 of its 41 shots in the contest.
"I can't say enough about our starters," Finney said. "They came in, the press was very effective and the first five minutes they [Loyola] looked cautious. They had the look of a deer in headlights. That's what you want the press to do, but it doesn't always work like that."
Brown scored the first two baskets of the game in the paint, but Loyola broke through with a three-pointer from Zach Tyson to make it 4-3 with 17:58 remaining in the opening half. However, Tulane would hold the Wolfpack scoreless over the next nine minutes, while scoring 18 unanswered points to build a 22-3 advantage with 8:55 to go. Marsh keyed the run with six points, two steals and an assist.
Loyola managed just five first-half points, while turning the ball over 21 times against a tenacious Green Wave press. Tulane buried 17-of-28 shots in the opening stanza and held a 38-15 lead at the break. Eight of the Wave's first half baskets came on layups.
"We really pounded the ball inside and that was one of our goals coming in," Finney said.
Liberal substitution in the second half gave numerous Wave players action in the game as Finney used 13 players in the game, including 10 who played 10 minutes or more. Last year's Tulane squad had just nine players total on the roster.
"The turnovers that we got were great," Finney said. "The only downside was that we had too many. We should be around 14 or 15."
Tulane posted 20 turnovers in the game, while forcing 31.
The Wave is back in action Tuesday evening, hosting Centenary at Fogelman Arena at 7 p.m.