Nov. 20, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Junior forward Nick Sinville (Shreveport, La.) posted career-highs with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Green Wave sank 35 shots from the free throw line, as the Tulane University men's basketball team defeated Centenary College, 92-76, Tuesday night at Fogelman Arena.
Tulane shot 51.9 percent from the field for the game, including a 64.3 clip in the first half on 18-of-28 shooting en route to the win. Tulane's 35 shots from the charity stripe fell just three shy of the school record when the Green Wave hit 38 against Rice on Dec. 12, 1960 and against Charlotte on Jan. 22, 1994. With the victory, the Green Wave improves to 2-0 for the second consecutive season under second-year head coach Shawn Finney. Centenary, meanwhile, falls to 1-1 on the year.
"Nick Sinville is still getting the rust off from sitting out last year," Finney said. "I'm happy with the win, but there are things to improve on. That's what you want. I'm disappointed with the press, but you have to give them credit. They're point guard is a nice player.
"Not to take anything away from Centenary because they played hard and had a good game plane, but we were not very focused and not ready to play. We thought we could show up and win. Our game plan coming in was to pound the ball inside. We didn't think they could guard Nick and Brandon Brown. But we were playing too much one-on-one and just driving to the basket. Any time you get to the line 44 times, you know you've done a good job."
Sinville led five Green Wave players with double-digit scoring totals as junior forward Brandon Brown (Houma, La.), sophomore forward Wayne Tinsley (Fontana, Calif.) and sophomore guard Waitari Marsh (Chicago, Ill.) tallied 17 each, and junior guard Brandon Spann (New Orleans, La.) hit for 12 in the win. Tulane outrebounded the Gents, 36-25, including 13 off the offensive glass that led to 10 second-chance points.
Neither team could gain control of the contest early on as the two squads duked it out for the first 17 minutes. But with the Centenary leading 33-31 at the 3:30 mark, Tulane went on a 19-5 run on 7-of-9 shooting to end the half and go into the locker room with a 50-38 advantage.
During the stretch, freshman swingman Karl Hollingsworth (Jonesboro, Ga.) converted a rare four-point play and sophomore post player Ivan Pjevcevic (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key to spark the Green Wave rally. Tulane shot a sparkling 64.3 percent from the field in the opening half, including 12-of-15 shots in the final 11-plus minutes of the stanza.
Tulane scored six of the first eight points of the second half, but Gents would go on a 15-5 rally to cut the lead to eight at 63-55 with 11:53 to play. Centenary held the Green Wave to just four baskets from the field in the opening 16 minutes of the second half, but Tulane was able to turn Gentlemen fouls into easy points from the free throw line to hold on to the lead and cruise to the win.
The Green Wave returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 24 when Tulane plays host to Norfolk State at 2 p.m. in Fogelman Arena.