Dec. 17, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Despite a 25-point performance from Jonathan Stark and a solid defensive effort, the Tulane men's basketball team could not overtake visiting Washington on Tuesday night, falling 73-62, in Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Green Wave (5-6) held the Huskies (6-4) to well under their season scoring average of 81.9 points per game and forced 18 turnovers, but Tulane was not able to get things going offensively, shooting just 39.3 percent from the floor, including just one-of-14 from three-point range.
"Credit Washington," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Defensively their athleticism on the perimeter and their quickness closed down gaps and made it hard for us to beat them from three, but I'm proud of our guys as well. This was maybe our best defensive effort of the season against a very explosive team."
Washington did shoot 47.8 percent from the floor, but connected on just eight-of-21 shots in the second half. Tulane also collected five steals and the 18 Husky turnovers led to 19 points for the Green Wave.
Stark, a freshman guard, and Louis Dabney, a sophomore guard, did provide the bulk of Tulane's offense. Dabney added 16 points to Stark's career-high 25. Jay Hook chipped in with eight points as well.
Washington controlled the lead for all but the first 50 seconds of the game when Stark opened with a running jumper through the lane that gave Tulane its only lead of the contest. UW's Mike Anderson answered with a three-pointer seconds later and the Huskies did not surrender the lead after that.
Tulane trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, 27-15, with 7:14 remaining, but chipped away and closed the gap to six with 1:20 left before Washington closed out the half by scoring five the last seven points, including a buzzer beating half-court shot by C.J. Wilcox to make it a 41-32 game at the break.
The Green Wave came out in the second half and cut the Washington lead down to four over the first five minutes and kept the deficit within a couple of possessions until the waning minutes of the game.
Washington won the battle on the boards, outrebounded Tulane, 37-27, including converting seven offensive rebounds into nine second chance points.
Wilcox led the Huskies with 15 points, while Perris Blackwell and Nigel Williams-Goss each added 12.
Tulane returns to action this weekend when they host the Westin Holiday Classic in Devlin Fieldhouse. UW-Milwaukee, Northeastern and Alabama State complete the field. Saturday's game times have been changed due to the Green Wave's participation in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Tulane will face Alabama State at 2 p.m. CT followed by Northeastern vs. UW-Milwaukee at 4 p.m. CT. Sunday's schedule will be Alabama State taking on UW-Milwaukee at 3 p.m. CT and Tulane facing Northeastern at 5 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.
- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 25 points, marking his 10th double figure scoring game of his career. The freshman guard has reached double digits in all but one game this season.
- Stark's total tied his career-high for points scored. He also poured in 25 against Loyola-Chicago on Nov. 16.
- Louis Dabney scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 16 points. It is his 10th double digit scoring game of the season and the 12th of his career.