Dec 23, 2001
ATLANTA, Ga - Junior Brandon Brown lifted Tulane University onto his back and carried the Green Wave to victory, scoring a career-high 27 points and adding 14 rebounds as Tulane upended Georgia Tech, 79-69, in men's basketball action on Sunday evening at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Tulane led from start to finish while holding off numerous runs by the Yellow Jackets. It was the first-ever road win for Tulane over an ACC opponent. The Green Wave improves to 8-1, just the third time in the last 50 years that Tulane has been at that mark or better.
"It was an exciting night," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "This is a quality win for us. We felt we could hurt them inside. We were fortunate that was how it worked out."
"I came out confident from the tip," Brown said. "They were laying off me, buit I was just stroking my shot. Everything I shot felt good."
After Georgia Tech's Tony Akins knocked down a jumper with 3:27 to go, the Wave's margin was just two at 64-62. However, Brown snagged an offensive board and scored on the putback with 2:55 to go. After a Yellow Jacket miss, the Wave worked the shot clock, but then nearly ran out of town. However, Brandon Spann made an acrobatic, over-the-shoulder, scoop shot as the shot clock sounded to make it 68-62 with 2:01 on the clock.
Tech's Halston Lane hit one-of-two free throws and Isma'il Muhammad scored on a layup following a Wave turnover to make it 68-65 with 1:34 to go.
On the next play, Tulane's Waitari Marsh found Nick Sinville on the baseline and he slammed home the dunk with 1:23 to go. The Wave forced a missed shot and then a turnover, while Wayne Tinsley hit one free throw and Spann hit two more and the game was iced, 73-65 with 55 seconds to go. Tulane hit four-of-six free throws in the final 55 seconds and Brown capped the victory with a monster dunk.
Leading 38-33 at the break, Tulane opened the second half with a 12-3 run to take a 50-36 advantage. However, Muhammed scored five points and Akins hit a three to make it 50-44 with 13:01 to go. Answering once again for the Wave was Brown, who nailed his third three-pointer of the game to stifle the run. Brown had entered the game with two three-pointers on the season.
"Brandon Brown is growing into more than a workhorse," Finney said. "He's scoring, shooting the ball well and with a lot of confidence. He had the eye of the tiger tonight. When he's shooting like that, with his work ethic, good things are going to happen."
Georgia Tech again fought back, cutting the Wave margin to two at 54-52, but Brown hit a layup and Spann had a jumper and a pair of free throws to push it back to 60-52.
Brown again proved to be the difference with 5:20 to go. The Yellow Jackets had clawed to 60-56, but the 6-8 Houma, La., native hit a pair of free throws and followed with a layup and again Tulane's lead was eight.
Marsh added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Spann posted 12 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Georgia Tech's Akins, who entered the game averaging 16.4 points per game, was harassed throughout the game by Marsh, finishing with 13 points, but shooting only 5-of-17 from the field and 1-of-6 from three.
The Wave hit 52.8 percent (28-of-53) of its shots, while holding Georgia Tech to 38.2 percent (26-of-68) shooting. Tulane committed 24 turnovers, while Tech had 15. The Wave also held a 39-33 edge on the glass.
"We shot the ball well," Finney said. "We came out on fire and made some big threes to start the game. We really executed the game plan. We turned the ball over too much, but other than that, you have to be pleased."
Tulane is back in action on Saturday, hosting Mississippi State at the New Orleans Arena at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 861-WAVE.