Nov. 20, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Jay Hook and Tre Drye each posted double-doubles to lead the Tulane men's basketball team to a, 68-58, victory over visiting Cedarville on Wednesday afternoon in front of 3,316 fans at the third annual "School Day at Tulane."
Hook posted a career-high 25 points and a career-best 12 rebounds for the Green Wave (4-0), while Drye collected 10 boards to go with 10 points. Louis Dabney added 18 points and eight rebounds and Jonathan Stark had nine points and a career-best nine assists.
"Hats off to Cedarville. They came in with a good game plan and executed well," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Our guys, for whatever reason froze a little bit against their defense early on, but for the most part at the end of the day we still had almost 70 points and our offense wasn't that bad. This game was a great learning lesson for our guys to grow from."
Cedarville (1-4) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead to open the game before Tulane was able to chip away and eventually take the lead, 11-10, with 13:18 left in the first half. The Yellow Jackets then regained the lead and held it until 0:47 left in the half when a Drye lay-up gave the Green Wave a 27-26 lead. Dabney knocked down a 3-pointer seconds later to make it a 29-26 Tulane advantage at the break.
The Yellow Jackets refused to go away and regained the lead just over three minutes into the second half. The game went back and forth with five more lead changes until Tulane took the lead for good on another 3-pointer from Dabney with 10:16 left to make the score, 43-42.
The Green Wave's largest lead of the game was 11 with 6:23 left after a Drye dunk. Cedarville was able to cut the deficit back to five with just over a minute to play, but Tulane hit seven of eight free throws down the stretch, including four by Hook, to secure the win.
Tulane shot 39.0 percent from the floor in the game and hit eight-of-24 3-pointers. Cedarville connected on 43.9 percent from the floor and went seven-of-24 from long range.
The Green Wave made the difference up on the boards and outrebounded the Yellow Jackets, 48-24, including 21 offensive boards that resulted in 16 second chance points.
"Rebounding was huge for us today," Conroy added. "That is where Payton (Henson), Tre and Jay really did a great job."
Henson finished the game with eight rebounds.
Marcus Reineke led Cedarville with 17 points in the loss. Tulane continues the home portion of the Cure UCD Classic with the second game on Saturday at 9 p.m. CT when they host Northern Kentucky. The classic will then continue in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with games against Texas State and Southeast Missouri State next week.
Tickets for the 2013-14 Tulane men's basketball games are available for as low as $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. 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.
- Jay Hook scored in double figures in today's game with his 25 points. It is his third double digit scoring game of the season and the fourth of his career. His 25 marks a career-high.
- Hook also pulled down 12 rebounds for his third career double-double. It also marks his third double digit rebound game this season and his career. His 12 is a career-high.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in today's game with his 18 points. It is his third double digit scoring game of the season and the fifth of his career.
- Trey Drye scored in double figures in today's game with his 10 points. It is his second double digit scoring game of the season and the sixth of his career.
- Drye pulled down 10 rebounds for his second career double double. His rebound total also marks his third double figure rebound game of the season and sixth of his career.
- Today's attendance of 3,316 is the largest home crowd since 3,463 were on hand to see Tulane take on Georgetown on Nov. 13, 2009.