Dec. 4, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - On a night that started as Jordan Callahan's when he scored his 1,000th career point, Tre Drye quietly overshadowed it with a career-high 10 rebounds to go with nine points as both helped guide the Tulane men's basketball team to a 65-48 victory over Nicholls State on Tuesday night to remain perfect in Devlin Fieldhouse this season.
Callahan became the 33rd player in Green Wave (7-2) history to reach the milestone when he hit a running jumper in the lane with 12:50 left in the first half to collect his eighth point of the game, giving the senior his 1,000 career point. He finished with a game-high 16 points.
Drye came off the bench and just missed collecting his first double double when he posted nine points and 10 rebounds. The sophomore scored seven of his nine points in the second half to help Tulane pull away with the victory.
Nicholls State (1-4), playing without leading scorer Fred Hunter, jumped out to an early lead and held it for most of the first five-plus minutes of the game. Tulane took the lead for good, 12-10, on a 3-pointer by Callahan with 14:23 left in the first and pulled away using an 11-0 over the next two minutes of the game.
The Colonels were able to bounce back and cut the deficit to three, 25-22, with 3:02 remaining in the opening half before the Green Wave scored five of the final seven points to take a 30-24 lead at the break.
"Credit Nicholls for being aggressive early on in this game," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They hit some shots at the end of the clock and hit some threes, but I'd like to think that we can do a better job at making them more uncomfortable on those shots."
Tulane scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 37-24 lead and Nicholls State never got inside single digits again.
"We re-established ourselves in the second half and we got to the free throw line and our guys are knocking them in," Conroy said. "I'd like to credit Tre Drye. He was in the gym all summer and he's knocking them in and was 3-3 tonight from the line and was one point away from a double double."
T.J. Carpenter led the Colonels with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Amin Torres came off the bench to add 10 points and four assists.
Defense also sparked Tulane's victory, holding Nicholls State to just 38.0 percent shooting and forcing 12 turnovers. The Green Wave turned those miscues into 17 points.
Tulane hit 45.1 percent from the floor and hit four of 11 from 3-point range. The Green Wave also converted 15 of 18 free throws on the night.
Nicholls State did hit seven 3-pointers in the game, but lost the rebound battle, 35-28, to the Green Wave.
Tulane will hit the road for the third time this season on Saturday when they visit the Jenny Craig Pavilion to take on the University of San Diego at 8 p.m. CT.
- Jordan Callahan hit a jumper in the lane with 12:50 left in the first half for his eighth point of the game, giving the senior 1,000 for his career. He became the 33rd player in Tulane history to reach the milestone and finished the game with 16 points and now has 1,008 points in his career.
- Callahan reached double figures in tonight's game with his 16. He now has scored in double figures in five games this season and 56 games in his career.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in tonight's game with his 11. He now has scored in double figures in all nine games this season and 28 games in his career.
- Davis pulled down eight rebounds to see his streak of six straight games with a double double come to an end.
- Sophomore forward Tre Drye pulled down a career-high tying 10 rebounds in tonight's game. His 10 marks his third double digit rebound game of his career.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in tonight's game with his 16. He now has scored in double figures in seven games this season and 31 games in his career.