Men's Basketball Wins Fifth Straight in Devlin



Nov. 27, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's men's basketball team scored the first seven points of the game and visiting Loyola never got close as the Green Wave defeated the Wolfpack, 69-57, on Tuesday night for the fifth straight win at Devlin Fieldhouse.

Josh Davis led the Green Wave (5-2) with his fifth straight double double with 17 points and a career-high tying 16 rebounds, and Kendall Timmons led all scorers with 18 points to go with nine rebounds.

After scoring the first seven points, Tulane then rattled off 17 of the first 21 points of the game in the first eight minutes to take a double digit lead and Loyola (5-3) was never able to get the deficit back inside 10.

The Green Wave led by as many as 22 in the first half and owned a 41-22 lead at the break. Tulane opened the second half by scoring the first five points and built a 46-22 lead, the largest of the game.

Loyola slowly chipped away at the 20-plus point deficit, but was never able to get closer than 12 points, which was the final margin.

"I was proud of our guys and the way they came out with great focus," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "I credit our seniors, Kendall (Timmons) and Jordan (Callahan) for getting their teammates ready because Loyola always comes at you with a great effort and we did a great job of coming out and establishing how we wanted to play the game. We did get a little fatigued in the second half, and that is my fault for not finding a way to spell these guys more in the first half."

The win for Tulane marked the eighth straight in the regular season over the school that shares Freret Street. The series is now 9-1 in favor of the Green Wave.

Tulane dominated the inside game, scoring 38 points in the paint and collecting 47 rebounds, including 21 on the offensive end. The Green Wave turned those offensive boards into 20 second chance points. Loyola managed 29 rebounds, and only seven offensive.

The Wolfpack did shoot 41.8 percent from the floor for the game, including knocking down 51.6 percent in the second half. Tulane hit just 38.8 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent in the final 20 minutes.

Ricky Tarrant added 11 points in the victory and Tomas Bruha chipped in with nine points and six rebounds. Jordan Callahan had eight points and a game-high three steals.

Kyle Simmons led Loyola with 15 points and Robert Lovaglio added 14.

Tulane continues the homestand on Saturday when they host Navy at 3 p.m. CT in Devlin Fieldhouse.

- Sophomore forward Josh Birchfield scored the first points of his Division I collegiate career with a first-half lay-up.
- Senior forward Kendall Timmons moved into 27th place on Tulane's career scoring list tonight. He needed eight points entering the game to pass Joe Holtson's 1,077 career points scored. Timmons finished the game with 18 points and now has 1,088 Points in his career.
- Timmons scored in double figures for the second game this season and the 56th game of his career with his 18 points tonight.
- Junior forward Josh Davis pulled down a career-high tying 16 rebounds tonight, marking his fifth double digit rebound game of the season and 21st of his career.
- Davis also added 17 points to record his 17th career double double and fifth of the season. He has now scored in double figures in all seven games this season and for the 26th game of his career.
- Davis has now collected a double double in five straight games marking the longest streak of his career. He had a stretch of three straight games on two occasions last season.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant scored in double figures for the sixth game of the season and the 30th game of his career with 11 points tonight.
- Jordan Callahan scored eight points tonight, moving the senior guard to just 18 points away from reaching 1,000 career points.