Men's Basketball Can't Overcome Slow Start in Loss to K-State

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM <b>Freshman guard Jonathan Stark</b>
Freshman guard Jonathan Stark

Dec. 28, 2013

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Tulane men's basketball team could not overcome a slow start and poor shooting on Saturday night in a 72-41 loss to Kansas State at the Barclay's Center as part of the BROOKLYN HOOPS Winter Festival presented by Honda.

The Green Wave (7-7) scored the first three points of the game on a three-pointer by Jay Hook, but those were their only points until Louis Dabney hit a lay-up with 6:22 remaining in the half. During that time Kansas State (9-3) scored 19 points to break the game open. The difference never got closer than 13 points the remainder of the contest.

"I have to give credit to Kansas State," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We struggled in the beginning of the game and they came out executing at a higher level than we did. But overall throughout the game, I thought we did some decent things on initial shots, but we were never able to get going in transition which is a big part of what we do."

Tulane shot just 13.0 percent from the floor in the first half, hitting three-of-23 shots. For the game, the Green Wave shot 28.6 percent after making 47.4 percent in the final 20 minutes.

Jonathan Stark led the way for Tulane with 10 points, while Dabney and Hook each finished with nine. Tomas Bruha added six points, while Payton Henson chipped in with five off the bench.

Kansas State shot 40.3 percent from the floor in the game and was led by Shane Southwell's 19 points. The Wildcats hit a season-high 12 three-pointers, including five by Southwell.

KSU also won the rebound battle, 41-36. Kevin Thomas led Tulane with six boards to go along with four blocked shots. Bruha and Dabney each pulled down five rebounds of their own.

"We simply didn't come close to controlling the defensive boards," Conroy said. "They had 21 offensive rebounds and we have to be better there. They overpowered us rebounding and I think that led to some confidence from some other guys."

The Wildcats pulled down 21 offensive rebounds that resulted in 18 second chance points.

Tulane will open the New Year on Jan. 2 when they host Hofstra at 1 p.m. CT in Devlin Fieldhouse.

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- Jonathan Stark scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 10 points, marking his 13th double figure scoring game of his career. The freshman guard has reached double digits in all but one game this season and has scored in double digits in 10th straight games.