Green Wave Edge Navy, 57-55, in Thriller



Nov. 22, 2011

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Tulane men's basketball team moved to 4-0 on the young season in thrilling fashion Tuesday night when the Green Wave edged Navy, 57-55, at Alumni Hall.

The game saw 12 lead changes and four ties and the Green Wave (4-0) took the lead for good on a Josh Davis lay-up with 1:59 remaining and Trent Rogers added a free throw with 0:27 left to hang on for the victory.

Navy (2-3) took their last lead when Jordan Sugars hit a jumper with 4:24 remaining, giving the Midshipmen a 55-53 lead, but Tulane's defense held them without a point for the remainder of the game.

The Midshipmen had some chances to retake a lead, but James Loupos missed a jumper with 1:23 left and J.J. Avila couldn't knock down a 3-point attempt with 0:10 remaining. Tulane managed to hit just one of four free throws in the final seconds as well.

"It might not look great as a final score," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "But, to go on the road for the first time and get a win against a team that played with that much confidence, I'm proud of the guys."

Tulane opened the game by scoring the first 10 points on a pair of baskets by Davis and two 3-pointers by Ricky Tarrant in the first three minutes, but the Green Wave went cold for the next six-plus minutes and Navy chipped away and scored the next 11 points during that span to take an 11-10 lead with 11:24 left in the half. Davis got Tulane back on the board with a lay-up that snapped the cold spell and neither team built a lead bigger than four the remainder of the Half.

Navy led 29-28 at the break.

Tulane used a 14-2 run during a four minute stretch early in the second half to take a 44-36 lead, but once again Navy did not go quietly.

The midshipmen fought back and eventually retook a lead, 51-49, on a Donya Jackson 3-pointer with 10:08 left in the game. The game was tied two more times, but Navy didn't lose the lead until Davis' lay-up with 1:59 remaining.

"They threw a lot of different defenses at us," Conroy said. "I knew our young guys would be tested with different looks and you saw it. We jumped out to a 10-0 lead and they make an adjustment and we had to go with some different line-ups. We had to make some game-time adjustments and I'm proud of our guys."

Kendall Timmons led Tulane with his second double double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The junior added three blocks, two steals and two assists in 36 minutes of action. Davis had 14 points and seven rebounds with a pair of blocks and steals. Jordan Callahan added 12 points, five rebounds and five assists. Tarrant finished the game with nine points and five assists.

Jordan Brickman led Navy with 14 points, while Avila and Jordan Sugars each added 13 points and six rebounds.

For the game Tulane shot 39.6 percent from the floor, including six of 23 from 3-point range. Navy shot 38.6 percent from the floor, including hitting 45.0 percent in the final 20 minutes.

Tulane will return to action Friday for the first day of the 2011 Hoops for Hope Classic. The Green Wave will face Alcorn State at 7 p.m. CT in Fogelman Arena.

- Timmons recorded his 46th double figure scoring game of his career with 14 points.
- Jordan Callahan's 12 points gave him his third double figure scoring game of the season and the 33rd of his career.
- Callahan is not just 10 3-pointers away from reaching the top 10 in career made threes with his two tonight.
- Josh Davis failed to record a fourth-straight double double by three rebounds, but did collect his fourth double figure scoring game.
- Tulane moved to 4-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season.