Nov. 18, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - Just days after one of the best offensive outputs in years, the Tulane men's basketball team flipped the script and used a solid defensive effort Friday afternoon to defeat Maryland-Eastern Shore, 73-52, at Fogelman Arena to wrap up a three-game homestand.
The Green Wave (3-0) held UMES (1-2) to just 15 of 50 field goals for the game, including just six of 23 in the first half. Tulane also collected nine steals, seven blocked shots, forced 16 turnovers and converted them into 24 points.
Offensively, Kendall Timmons led Tulane with 20 points on 7-10 shooting and 5-6 from the free throw line. The junior also added nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Josh Davis collected his third double double in as many games with 15 points and 10 boards today. The sophomore also dished out five assists.
"I'm most pleased with our guy's approach to the game," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We had a very energetic and solid performance last time out, but with a young team you are looking for consistency. We started the game the right way and I thought we played pretty well early. Obviously it was a game where we had some tough stretches offensively and didn't shoot the ball well, but I'm very pleased to come away with a 20-point win on a night when we shot 37 percent."
Tulane did not trail for the second straight game after jumping out to an 8-0 lead on 3-pointers from Timmons and Callahan and a lay-up by Davis. UMES cut the lead in half over the next two minutes, but the Green Wave used an 8-2 run to gain a double digit lead, one they would never relinquish.
Tulane led 40-20 at the break after holding as much as a 23-point lead in the opening half. The Green Wave built a 24-point lead, 53-29, early in the second half, the largest of the game, before UMES rattled off a 11-1 run to cut the deficit to 14, 54-40, with 10:57 remaining. A 6-0 Tulane run built the lead back to 20 where it remained for most of the remaining minutes of the game.
UMES was led by Louis Bell with 14 points, including 11 in the second half. Tyler Hines added 11 points, while Olatunji Kosile had four points, eight rebounds and a game-high four blocked shots.
Tulane won the battle of the boards, 40-38 and dished out 17 assists despite hitting just 22 of 58 shots from the floor. The Green Wave also connected on eight of 24 3-point attempts and hit 21 of 32 free throws.
The victory completes Tulane's three-game season-opening homestand. The Green Wave hit the road Tuesday to face Navy in Annapolis, Md., at 6 p.m. CT before returning home to host the Hoops for Hope Classic Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Kendall Timmons scored in double figures for the third game this season and the 45th game of his career with his 20 points today. His total also marks his 11th 20-plus point game of his career and second of the season.
- Josh Davis recorded his third double figure scoring game in as many tries as a Green Wave with his 15 points today. His 15 points and 10 rebounds also give him his third double double in as many games for Tulane.
- Davis' 15 free throw attempts in today's game are the most by a Tulane player since Brandon Spann 16 against Southern Miss on Feb. 7, 2001.
- Jordan Callahan's three 3-pointers made today moves him to within 12 of the top 10 on Tulane's career made 3-pointers list.
- Callahan reached double figures in scoring for the second game this season and the 32nd game of his career with his 10 points today.
- Tulane's 3-0 start is the best since the 2007-08 team also began the season 3-0.