Dec. 23, 2010
BATON ROUGE - In a game of runs, the Tulane men's basketball team overcame a slow start and hung on at the end for a 68-65 victory over Southern on Thursday afternoon in the Mini-Dome.
The first run of the game allowed Southern (1-10) to jump out to an early 7-0 lead, but Tulane (8-3) answered with a 10-0 run to take the lead. The Jaguars then used an 8-0 run later in the first half to take a 27-21 lead and held on for a 29-25 lead at the break.
Southern then scored the opening two points of the second half before the Green Wave went on a 10-0 run to retake the lead, 35-31, with 16:18 remaining in the game. A few more lead changes followed before an 11-0 run by Tulane gave the Green Wave a 51-43 lead, on they would not surrender, despite a valiant effort from the Jaguars.
Tulane built a 62-48 lead with 4:11 remaining before Southern used a 10-0 run to climb back into the game, trailing 62-58, with 1:08 left after a pair of free throws by Blake Sanford. The Green Wave answered by hitting six of eight free throws in the final minute to hang on to the victory.
"Obviously we are happy with the win and I credit Southern," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They played very well and certainly shot the ball well. Having said that, I'm not pleased with our performance at all. Our guys know that. We have to become a more mature basketball team and obviously I did not do a good enough job preparing them."
Jordan Callahan iced the game with two free throws with 0:03 remaining. The sophomore guard finished the game with 19 points.
Kendall Timmons, who sparked Tulane's first big run of the second half with a pair of three-pointers, led Green Wave with 21 points and eight rebounds. Kris Richard added 11 points and Aaron Holmes chipped in 10, all in the second half.
Timmons, who had been struggling from the line entering the contest, connected on seven of 10 free throws.
As a team, the Green Wave hit 25 of 33 free throws, including 10 of 11 in the first half. Tulane connected on 41.3 percent of the field goals in the game, including 46.2 percent in the final 20 minutes that helped the team to its second win after trailing at halftime.
Southern shot 41.7 percent from the floor, including eight of 20 from 3-point range. The Jaguars also outrebounded Tulane, 38-30.
Tulane defense forced 15 turnovers that led to 13 points.
The win matched the season total from a year ago.
Tulane will take six days off before returning to Fogelman Arena to host Lamar on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. CST.
- Senior guard Kris Richard scored in double figures in the eighth game this season and the 43rd game of his career with his 11 points today.
- Sophomore guard Kendall Timmons scored in double figures in the 10th game of the season and 24th game in his career with his 21 points today.
- Senior forward Aaron Holmes scored in double figures in the fifth game this season and the 11th of game of his career with his 10 points today.
- Sophomore guard Jordan Callahan scored in double figures in the eighth game this season and the 13th game of his career with his 19 points today.
- Tulane's eighth win of the season matches the season total from a year ago.