Dec. 7, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Jay Hook's record setting performance guided the Tulane men's basketball team to a, 70-65, victory over visiting Jackson State on Saturday afternoon in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Hook scored a career-high 31 points and connected on a school record eight three-pointers to lead the Green Wave (5-5) to the win that snapped a five-game losing streak. The junior guard from Waco, Texas, broke out of a two-of his last-10 slump by hitting his first three attempts and made eight-of-11 for the game.
"It felt good today," Hook said. "My teammates got me the ball and I just did what I do best and that is shoot the ball. Shooters never get down on their shot. My mentality was to keep shooting and my teammates encouraged me to keep shooting. I trust my teammates."
On of Hook's teammates, Jonathan Stark, added 16 points in the victory, including five points in the final 1:12 of the game to help secure the victory for Tulane. Stark hit a jumper with 0:25 remaining to make the Jackson State (2-7) deficit four and then connected on the second half of a two-shot foul to make it a two possession game again.
"I'm proud of our guys," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Jackson State was an opponent that was not going to go away. They are too battled tested, but our guys were disciplined and stayed with our game plan and it came at a great time."
The first half of the game had six lead changes and was tied three times before Tulane built as much as an 11-point lead, 35-24, with 3:54 remaining. JSU chipped away and cut the deficit to three, 38-35, at the break.
The Green Wave then built the double-digit lead back up and led, 51-39, with 13:28 left in the contest, but the Tigers refused to go away and used a 9-0 run to make the score 51-48 with 10:17 remaining.
JSU eventually retook the lead, 59-57, with 4:04 left before Tulane tied the score and retook the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Hook with 2:06 remaining. Stark then hit a pair of free throws himself and the Tigers wouldn't get any closer than two the rest of the way.
Louis Dabney added 11 points in the victory, including hitting three of four free throws in the final 0:11 of the game to help secure the win.
Tulane shot 41.7 percent from the floor and connected on 11-of-25 from three-point range. Hook hit eight of those 11 makes in 11 attempts. The Green Wave also made 19-of-27 free throws and outrebounded JSU, 33-29, led by Tre Drye's 10.
The Tigers shot 40.0 percent from the floor and hit 19-of-24 free throws. JSU committed 13 turnovers that led to 15 points for Tulane.
Julysses Nobles led JSU with 23 points, while Brandon West and Javeres Brent had 14 each.
Tulane will take 10 days off for final exams and return to the court on Dec. 17 when they host Washington at 7 p.m. CT.
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.
- Jay Hook scored in double figures in today's game with his 31 points. It is his seventh double digit scoring game of the season and the eighth of his career. His 31 points are a career-high.
- Hook drained a career-best eight three-pointers in the game, breaking the school record for three-pointers in a game. The record was seven held by Patrick Lewis against Saint Louis on Feb. 14, 1996. Hook's previous career-high was five twice this season.
- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in today's game with his 16 points, marking his ninth double figure scoring game of his career.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in today's game with his 11 points. It is his ninth double digit scoring game of the season and the 11th of his career.