Holmes Leads Green Wave In Victory Over ASU



Nov. 30, 2010

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NEW ORLEANS - Aaron Holmes scored a career-high 19 points to lead five Tulane men's basketball players in double figures as the Green Wave defeated Alabama State, 84-69, on Tuesday night in Fogelman Arena.

David Booker added 15 points and a career-high nine rebounds, while Kris Richard had 14 points, Kendall Timmons scored 12 and Jordan Callahan chipped in 10 points for Tulane (4-2).

The Green Wave managed to win despite Alabama State (1-6) shooting 60.0 percent from the floor for the game that included hitting 72.0 percent in the second half. The Hornets downfall came with 34 personal fours that sent Tulane to the free throw line 36 times where the Green wave knocked down 28.

"We are happy with the win, but our guys know it is about the process and even with a win you can't get carried away with that fact," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We did not defend and rebound like we need too and we did not adjust to the way the game was officiated. We need to be a more mature basketball team and tonight was an unusual situation on the court and we did not adjust very well."

All totaled there were 68 fouls called in the game and 58 free throws attempted.

Tulane shot 48.0 percent from the floor, including hitting eight of 17 3-pointers. The Green Wave, who led 49-26, at the break, hit 52.2 percent from the floor in the second half, but did not expand the lead because of the resilient effort by ASU.

The largest lead of the game, 25 points, came less than a minute into the second half after Booker scored on a lay-up to expand on the 49-26 halftime lead. Alabama State never got closer than the final margin.

"In the first half we did a nice job," Conroy added. "We were attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line."

Tulane scored the first four points of the game and held an 8-3 lead less than four minutes in, but ASU used a 5-0 run to tie the score with 14:06 remaining in the opening half. The Green Wave used a 13-4 run to pull away before the Hornets chipped away to cut the deficit to 21-17. A 9-0 run followed for Tulane and ASU would not get any closer.

Holmes poured in his career high by missing just two shots the entire night, hitting four of five field goals and nine of 10 from the free throw line. He also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in his 21 minutes of play.

Booker's nine boards led Tulane as the Green Wave won the rebound battle, 31-27. Richard added six and Holmes had four.

Tulane forced 23 turnovers and collected 10 steals that led to 22 points, but ASU forced 17 turnovers that led to 18 points.

Kenderek Washington led the Hornets with 14 points, while Robert Sanders fouled out of the game with 12 points and seven rebounds and Patrick Davis added 10 points.

Tulane will host UL-Lafayette at 2 p.m. CST on Saturday in Fogelman Arena to complete the mini two-game home stand.

- Senior Johnny Mayhane snapped streak of 10 consecutive made free throws by missing his first two attempts of the game midway through the first half. Mayhane opened the season a perfect 10-10 from the line.
- Senior David Booker pulled down a season-high seven rebounds in the first half alone tonight. He finished the game with a career-high tying nine. His previous season high was five at Georgetown and his career-high is nine against Georgetown last season.
- Booker scored in double figures for the second game this season and the eighth game of his career with his 15 points tonight. His 15 points marked his season high.
- Aaron Holmes posted his first double figure scoring game of the season with a career-high 19 points tonight. Holmes now has seven double figure scoring games in his career. His previous career-high was 18 recorded against VCU last season.
- Senior Kris Richard has now scored in double figures in all six games this season and recorded his 41st double figure scoring game of his career with his 14 points tonight.
- Sophomore Kendall Timmons scored in double figures in the fifth game this season and the eighth of game of his career with his 12 points tonight.
- Sophomore Jordan Callahan scored in double figures in the third game this season and the 20th of game of his career with his 12 points tonight.
- Alabama State committed 34 fouls in the game, marking the first Tulane opponent to commit at least 30 fouls since Gardner-Webb has 30 back on Dec. 8, 2007.