Dec. 4, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Despite a 29-point performance from Louis Dabney, the Tulane men's basketball team couldn't hold off Wake Forest on Wednesday night, falling 72-57, at Joel Coliseum.
Dabney was just two points shy of his career-high in the losing effort, scoring over half of the Green Wave's (4-5) point total. The sophomore connected on 11-of-15 field goals, drained a pair of three-pointers and hit five-of-seven from the free throw line.
Wake Forest (7-2) got over half of their point total from the bench as the reserves posted 34 points, including a team-high 18 from Coron Williams.
"No question that our guys took a step forward tonight, but give a lot of credit to Wake Forest," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "In some ways this may have been our best outing of the year as far as how we came in here and controlled the tempo for the most part and we gave ourselves a chance to win because we took care of the basketball."
Tulane, who only committed eight turnovers in the game, held a 10-7 four minutes into the contest before the Demon Deacons used a 10-0 run to take the lead, one they would not relinquish the remainder of the game. Wake built as much as a 10-point lead in the first half, 26-16, with 10:08 remaining. The Green Wave cut the deficit to within five before trailing, 34-27, at the break.
Tulane was able to chip away in the early stages of the second half and tie the score, 40-40, five minutes into the half after Dabney hit a running jumper.
Wake didn't let the Green Wave hang close for very long though; rattling off 10 straight points in less than three minutes and Tulane couldn't get closer than eight the rest of the way.
Jonathan Stark added 10 points for Tulane, while Jay Hook added six points and three rebounds. Tre Drye led the Green Wave with eight rebounds, but Tulane was outrebounded, 39-24, by Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons pulled down nine offensive boards as well that resulted in nine second chance points.
Tulane shot 41.5 percent from the floor, including 46.2 percent in the second half. Wake connected on 50.9 percent from the field, including 58.3 percent in the final 20 minutes.
The Green Wave did force 14 turnovers that resulted in 14 points. Drye and Dabney each collected three steals in the contest.
Tulane will return home Saturday to host Jackson State at 2 p.m. CT in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tickets for the 2013-14 Tulane men's basketball games are available for as low as $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. For additional information, contact the Tulane Team Shop ticket office in person on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information is also available over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
- Senior Tomas Bruha started tonight's game for his first start of the season and the 17th in his Tulane career. It was his first start since he started at San Diego last season.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 29 points. It is his eighth double digit scoring game of the season and the 10th of his career.
- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 10 points, marking his eighth double figure scoring game of his career.