Dec. 22, 2012
NEW YORK - Using a 20-0 run to open the second half, the Tulane men's basketball team rolled to a83-62, victory over Hofstra on Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at the Barclays Center.
The Green Wave (10-3) and Hofstra (3-9) were all knotted up at 30-30 after the first 20 minutes of the game. Tulane then came out of the locker room and proceeded to score the first 20 points of the second half to take control.
"Hofstra came out with a really good game plan and had us on our heels," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "I told our guys at halftime that we needed to get tougher and I was really proud of them tonight. They really came out and were much more aggressive and turned the tide of the game."
Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant sparked the run by hitting a three pointer in each of Tulane's first three possessions and then added a pair of free throws and a lay-up. Senior forward Kendall Timmons and junior Josh Davis also each scored lay-ups during the run.
Tarrant finished the game with 28 points, including five 3-pointers, and a career-high tying eight rebounds. Davis had 18 points and a game-high nine boards, while senior guard Jordan Callahan chipped in with 15 points and three 3-pointers.
The first half of the game had four ties and four lead changes. Tulane never held more than a two-point lead and Hofstra led by as many as seven.
The Green Wave shot 49.3 percent from the floor for the game, including hitting 57.1 percent in the second half. Tulane also knocked down nine of 23 3-pointers and connected on eight of 12 from the free throw line.
Hofstra, who has now dropped seven straight games, hit 37.0 percent from the floor in the game and knocked down five of 17 from 3-point land. The Pride hit 13 of 17 free throws.
Tulane's defense also rolled in the second half and forced nine turnovers and collected seven steals that converted into 24 points.
For the game, the Green Wave collected 13 assists, six blocks and 12 steals. Tarrant and Callahan each had five steals and Davis had three blocks.
Taran Buie led Hofstra with 15 points, while Stevie Majia added nine points, eight rebounds and six assists in the loss.
Tulane will take eight days off for the holiday break before returning to the court on Dec. 30 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to battle Alabama at 5 p.m. CT.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan reached double figures in today's game with his 15. He now has scored in double figures in eight games this season and 59 games in his career. Callahan's 20-plus points mark his eighth 20-plus performance of his career and second this season.
- Callahan also moved up two spots to 29th place on Tulane's career scoring list with his 15 points tonight. He passed C.J Hunter (1,049) and Jeff Cummings (1,052) today and finished the game with 1,062 Career points.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in today's game with his 28. He now has scored in double figures in 11 games this season and 35 games in his career.
- Tarrant pulled down a career-high tying eight rebounds today.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in today's game with his 20. He now has scored in double figures in all 13 games this season and in 32 games in his career.