Dec. 6, 2011
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A poor shooting performance plagued the Tulane men's basketball team Tuesday night as the perfect start to the season came to an end with a 61-50 loss to Wofford at Benjamin Johnson Arena.
The Green Wave (9-1) hit just 20 of 51 shots from the floor, including two of 16 3-pointers and could not overcome Wofford's (5-4) streaky shooting. The Terriers finished the night hitting 46.2 percent from the floor and hit seven 3-pointers, including five in the second half to help them pull away.
"I knew Wofford would do a great job in preparing for our team and I knew going on the road it would be a tough game for us," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "It was what we needed and it was not fun going through it, but it was not what we wanted. I know our team can play a lot than we did tonight."
Wofford built as much as a nine-point lead in the first half and led 22-13 with 5:30 left in the half and 24-15 with 3:55 remaining, but Tulane closed the half with a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to 26-22 at the break, giving the Green Wave some life.
A lay-up by Ricky Tarrant to open the half made it a two-point game, but the Terriers then scored eight of the next nine points to regain a nine-point lead, 34-25, less than three minutes into the half.
The Green Wave got to within four, 36-32, after a Kendall Timmons lay-up, a free throw from Jordan Callahan and a lay-up by Kevin Thomas with 14:02 left in the game, but would not get any closer. Wofford rattled off an 8-0 run that all but sealed up the game. The Terrier's lead didn't get below nine the rest of the game and their largest lead of 13 came with 1:48 left.
Tarrant led Tulane with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Timmons had 11 points and Josh Davis added 10 points and six rebounds.
Brad Loesing led all scorers in the game with 24 points to go with five assists. He knocked down four 3-pointers as well. Kevin Giltner added 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Wofford, who didn't shot a free throw until late in the second half, knocked down all six attempts in the final minute of the game to help secure the win.
Tulane returns home to host the Skip Prosser Tournament Friday-Sunday in Fogelman Arena. The tournament gets underway Friday night when Southern and MacMurray square off at 7 p.m. CT. The Green Wave host MacMurray Saturday at 7 p.m. CT after Jacksonville State plays Southern at 4:30 p.m. CT. The tournament concludes Sunday when Tulane and Jacksonville State battle at 7 p.m. CT.
- Ricky Tarrant scored in double figures for the sixth time of his career with his 13 points tonight.
- Josh Davis reached double figures for the 10th game this season with his 10 points tonight.
- Kendall Timmons recorded double figures in scoring for the seven time this season and the 49th game of his career.
- Jordan Callahan's first and only 3-pointer of the game was the junior's 100th of his career.