Men's Basketball Mounts Big Comeback In Win Over Loyola-Chicago

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Jonathan Stark scored a career-high 25 points
Jonathan Stark scored a career-high 25 points

Nov. 16, 2013

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NEW ORLEANS - Louis Dabney and Jonathan Stark combined for 50 of Tulane's 65 points and helped the Green Wave men's basketball team overcome a 19-point second-half deficit to come away with a 65-59 victory over visiting Loyola-Chicago on Saturday afternoon inside Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse.

Tulane (3-0) trailed Loyola-Chicago (1-2), 40-21, with 17:25 remaining in the game and mounted a comeback for the ages with a solid final 17 minutes of play.

Dabney, a sophomore, scored 22 of his career-high 25 points in the final 17:04, while Stark, a freshman, posted 17 of his career-best 25 in the second half as well.

"I'm really, really proud of this team," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Anyone who saw this game saw our struggles and saw us look like a young basketball team. There weren't a lot of adjustments to make. We just talked to them about being a team and not to pull apart, but pull together. I don't think you pull out games like this unless there is a closeness and a toughness. There are some incredibly tough guys on this team. We found the way to get the win."

LUC led 31-19 at the break after leading for most of the first half. The Ramblers then scored nine of the first 11 points of the second half to break it open, but Tulane didn't go away. The Green Wave answered the largest deficit of the game with an 11-2 run to cut LUC's lead down to 10, 42-32, with just inside 14 minutes remaining.

Tulane then got the deficit under 10 with a jumper by Dabney with 12:37 left and the Green Wave cut it to as close a six before LUC built their lead back to 10 with 6:41 remaining. The Green Wave then used a 9-0 run to make the score 53-52 with 4:18 on the clock.

The Ramblers didn't lose the lead until Dabney drained a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 2:39 left to tie the score at 55. Less than a minute later Stark followed suit for the Green Wave and hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock dwindled. That shot gave Tulane the lead for good with 1:41 left.

A three-point play by freshman Cameron Reynolds and a pair of free throws by Stark in the final seconds secured the win for the Green Wave.

Tulane shot just 24.0 percent (6-25) in the first half, including 0-5 from long range. The Green Wave turned it around in the final 20 minutes to shoot 17-of-26 (65.4 percent) and hit three-of-five 3-pointers.

Dabney added nine rebounds to his point total, while Stark, who hit eight of his 11 field goals, dished out a team-high four assists. Tre Drye added nine boards to the total, while Payton Henson collected seven rebounds.

The Ramblers shot 37.9 percent from the floor in the game, including just 35.7 in the second half. LUC also hit just four-of-22 three-pointers.

Christian Thomas and Matt O'Leary led LUC with 12 points each, while Jeff White added 11.

Tulane's home stand continues next week with the first two games of the Cure UCD Classic when the Green Wave plays Cedarville on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. CT and Northern Kentucky on Saturday at 9 p.m. CT.

Season tickets for the 2013-14 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 two adult and two 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.
- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in today's game with his 25 points, marking his third double figure scoring game of his career.
- Stark's 25 points marks his first 20-plus point game of his career.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in today's game with his 25 points. It is his second double digit scoring game of the season and the fourth of his career. His 25 is a career-high, surpassing the 24 he scored on Wednesday at Southern.
- Dabney scored 20-plus points for the second straight game.
- The victory was Ed Conroy's 100th as a Division I head coach.