Green Wave Claim Hoops for Hope Title



Nov. 27, 2011

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NEW ORLEANS - Josh Davis and Tomás Brůha each collected double doubles to lead the Tulane men's basketball team to a 65-46 victory over San Diego on Sunday night in New Orleans Arena to claim the 2011 Hoops for Hope Classic championship.

The Green Wave (7-0) rattled off three wins in as many days to win the title, including a 83-41 win over Alcorn State, a 72-53 win over New Orleans and tonight's victory.

Davis scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds, while Brůha, who started the game, scored 12 of his 14 points in the final 20 minutes to go with his 10 boards. Jay Hook came off the bench to add a career-best 13 points, including 10 in the first half to help spark Tulane.

"This is exactly what I wanted. I wanted our guys to feel what it is to play three games in three days, change sites and make them find a way to win," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Tonight we found ourselves up six at halftime after shooting just 26 percent. You have to figure out and find a way and different guys have to step up. That's what happened tonight and I'm proud of our guys."

San Diego (4-2) held the lead for most of the first half by holding the Green Wave to just 15.0 percent shooting over the first 12 plus minutes of the game. Tulane hit just three of its first 20 shots before closing out the half by knocking down five of nine, including a lay-up and 3-pointer by Hook.

The Green Wave took the lead for good with 4:04 remaining in the first half when Ricky Tarrant's lay-up broke an 18-18 tie.

Tarrant's lay-up was part of a 14-4 run that closed the first half for Tulane, who held a 28-22 lead at the break.

The Green Wave then opened the second half by scoring 15 of the first 19 points scored and held a 43-29 lead less than nine minutes into the second half. The Toreros could not manage to cut the deficit under 10 the rest of the way.

Davis earned tournament MVP honors for Tulane, while Brůha was named to the all-tournament team.

Brůha went a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line to help Tulane connected on 20 of 24, the best shooting performance from the line this season. On the other hand, the Green Wave finished the game shooting 35.2 percent from the floor, the worst game of the season to date.

Defensively, though, Tulane held USD to 37.2 percent from the floor, forced 14 turnovers, collected eight steals and grabbed 27 defensive rebounds. The Green Wave turned USD's turnovers into 16 points and collected 13 offensive boards that converted into 16 second-chance points.

San Diego managed just four offensive rebounds in the game and collected just four steals.

Darrian Norris led USD with 13 points tonight, while Johnny Dee added 10. Both players earned a spot on the all-tournament team along with New Orleans' Antonio Wertz.

Tulane returns to the court Wednesday when host Southern at 7 p.m. CT in Fogelman Arena.

- This was Tulane's first game in New Orleans Arena since a 68-63 win over LSU on Jan. 2, 2008.
- 2011 Hoops for Hope All-Tournament team members...Antonio Wertz - UNO, Johnny Dee - San Diego, Darrian Norris - San Diego, Tomas Bruha - Tulane and the MVP was Josh Davis of Tulane.
- Freshman Jay Hook posted a career-high 13 points in tonight's game. 10 of his 13 points came in the first half.
- Josh Davis recorded his sixth double double of the season with his 14 points and career-high 15 rebounds.
- Tomas Bruha collected double figure points for the second straight night with 14 tonight in his first career start. He also grabbed 10 rebounds against the Toreros for his first double double of his Tulane career.