Nov. 30, 2013
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - Freshman Jonathan Stark scored 21 and sophomore Louis Dabney added 20 to lead the Tulane men's basketball team, but their efforts were not enough, in a 102-72 loss to Southeast Missouri State on Saturday afternoon in the final game for the Green Wave in the Cure UCD Classic at the Puerto Vallarta Convention Center.
Tulane (4-4) opened the game shooting well and held a 10-9 lead with 13:55 remaining in the first half, but SEMO's Darian Gray scored on a lay-up to put the Redhawks up, 11-10, and they never looked back.
The Green Wave went cold to close out the half and connected on just four of the last 14 shots and SEMO took advantage with a 15-3 run to take a double digit lead, 24-13, with 7:53 left in the half. Tulane wouldn't get closer than eight and the Redhawks led, 49-31, at the break.
SEMO opened the second half with one of their 16 three-pointers to take a 21-point lead and the Green Wave couldn't chip away, only cutting the deficit back to 19 twice, the last time with 18:00 left in the contest. The Redhawks' largest lead was the 30-point margin that ended up being the final differential.
"Obviously we have a long way to go especially on the defensive end," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "The offensive numbers were there again. The team will find ways to score, but on the defensive end teams exploit us and it happened again today. We just need to get back and get to work on it. We've always prided ourselves on that end of the floor and right now we are just not getting it done at the level we need to be."
Stark connected on five-of-eight three-pointers and connected on all six of his free throw attempts for his game-high total of 21 points. He also pulled down a team-high four rebounds and collected four steals. Dabney added a team-best three assists and four steals to his 20-point performance. Jay Hook chipped in nine points and four rebounds, while Tomas Bruha had six points.
Six SEMO players reached double figures in scoring led by Jarekious Bradley's 23. Nino Johnson led the Redhawks in rebounds with 12 to go with 10 rebounds.
Tulane finished the game with a 40.8 field goal percentage and hit 26-of-34 free throws. SEMO hit 59.3 percent from the floor, including 16-of-32 from three-point range. The Redhawks won the rebound battle, 37-22, and pulled down 11 on the offensive end that were converted into 13 second-chance points.
The Green Wave returns to the court on Wednesday when they visit Wake Forest at 6 p.m. CT from Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in today's game with his 20 points. It is his seventh double digit scoring game of the season and the ninth of his career.
- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in today's game with his 21 points, marking his seventh double figure scoring game of his career.
- Cole Currie and Ray Barreno each scored their first collegiate points during today's game.