Nov. 24, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Jay Hook posted a career-high 29 points for the Tulane men's basketball team on Saturday night, but Northern Kentucky outscored the Green Wave, 19-14, in the overtime period to win, 91-86, in the second game of the Cure UCD Classic on the uptown campus.
Two of Hook's total came on a lay-up with 9.1 seconds remaining in regulation that gave the Green Wave (4-1) a 72-70 lead, but NKU's (1-4) Tyler White drove in for a lay-up with inside four seconds remaining to knot the score at 72-72 and send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, the Norse built as much as a seven-point lead, 89-82, before hanging on for the five-point victory. NKU hit six-of-seven field goals and six-of-eight free throws in the five minute period, while Tulane connected on three-of-five field goals and eight-of-10 from the charity stripe.
"Credit Northern Kentucky, they made the shots when it counted," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "I think we broke down a little bit toward the end especially in the overtime, but for about 25 or 30 minutes I thought we defended well and then we just kind of broke a little bit. We started scrambling a little because they had us on our heels."
Tulane opened the game by scoring the first nine points and led 13-3 just over four minutes into the game, but NKU fought back to tie the score at 16-16 with 10:47 left in the half. The Green Wave then built a double digit lead back up before holding a 34-28 advantage at the break.
NKU was able to tie the score three more times in the second half before eventually taking their first lead of the game, 49-48, with 11:53 remaining in regulation. The Norse held as much as a seven-point lead, 56-49, in the second before Tulane chipped away and retook the lead with 39.3 second left on a lay-up by Jonathan Stark.
Stark finished the game with 24 points, while Louis Dabney added 19.
Jalen Billups led NKU with 25 points by hitting 10 of his 11 field goal attempts. Cole Murray added 17 points, including five of the Norse 10 three-pointers.
Tulane shot 49.0 percent from the floor in the game, including 35.7 percent from long-range. The Green Wave hit 31-of-43 free throws as well.
"If you look at our numbers we had a good offensive night," Conroy added. "But, we need to understand that our identity comes from the defensive end and the rebounding end. We will get there, we are just a little inexperienced and young, but it is my job to get them ready to go. This is just part of the process."
NKU shot 56.6 percent from the floor in the game and hit 43.5 percent from three-point range. The Norse hit 21-of-35 free throws as well.
Tulane did outrebound NKU, 34-28, led by Hook's nine and Tre Drye's seven.
The Green Wave will host Colgate on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT in a game not included in the Cure UCD Classic. The classic will continue in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with games against Texas State on Friday and Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.
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.
- Freshman Ryan Smith started tonight for the first start of his career. He is the second freshman to start for the Green Wave this season. Jonathan Stark has also started.
- Jay Hook scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 29 points. It is his fourth double digit scoring game of the season and the fifth of his career. His total marked a career-high.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 19 points. It is his fourth double digit scoring game of the season and the sixth of his career.
- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 24 points, marking his fourth double figure scoring game of his career.
- Tonight was Tulane's first overtime game since Feb. 11, 2012 when the Green Wave fell at UTEP, 54-52. Tonight was the first OT game at home since Jan. 7, 2012, a 71-66 loss to Southern Miss.