Dec. 1, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - It wasn't a pretty win for the Tulane men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon, but the Green Wave will take the 51-41 victory over Navy at Devlin Fieldhouse that improved them to 6-0 at home this season.
Tulane (6-2) won despite shooting a season-low 27.7 percent from the floor. The Green Wave hit 33.3 percent in the first half, but knocked down just five of 23 shots in the final 20 minutes. The difference came at the free throw line where Tulane connected on 21 of 29 trips.
Navy (4-5) shot 36.2 percent from the floor in the game, including just 20.8 percent in the opening half. The Midshipmen did comeback in the second half and hit 12 of 23 shots. Navy only shot six free throws in the game and hit three.
"I'm very proud of our guys for being able to keep our identity against this Navy team," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We got to the line which is hard to do against a zone team. We were strong on the boards and we needed every one of them. Our mental toughness was as good as it has been all year and this game wasn't pretty, but it was a great team effort."
Junior forward Josh Davis led the way for the Green Wave with his sixth straight double double. He poured in 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 7-of-10 from the line, and grabbed 10 rebounds in just 25 minutes of action.
Senior guard Jordan Callahan added 10 points for the Green Wave in the defensive battle, while Navy was led by Worth Smith and Brandon Venturini with 11 points each.
Despite leading for all but 14 seconds of the game when Navy led, 3-2, Tulane was never able to put the Midshipmen away. Tulane led 15-13 with 6:32 left in the first half and proceeded to close it out with an 8-0 to lead 23-13 at the break.
Tulane largest lead of the second half and the game was 14. The Green Wave led 27-13 after scoring the first four points of the second half and held a 51-37 lead with 2:06 left. Navy got as close as five, 32-27, with 11:37 remaining, but a 7-2 run by Tulane increased he lead again.
Tulane will close out the four-game homestand on Tuesday when Nicholls State visits Devlin Fieldhouse for a 7 p.m. CT tip.
- Tulane improved to 6-0 in Devlin Fieldhouse this season.
- Davis pulled down 10 rebounds today, marking his sixth double digit rebound game of the season and 22nd of his career.
- Davis also added 17 points to record his 18th career double double and sixth of the season. He has now scored in double figures in all eight games this season and for the 27th game of his career.
- Davis has now collected a double double in six straight games marking the longest streak of his career.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan recorded his fourth double figure scoring game of the season and the 55th game of his career with his 10 points this afternoon.
- Callahan finished the game needing eight points to become the 33rd player in Tulane history to reach the 1,000 career points club. The senior scored 10 today and now has 992 career points.