Dec. 30, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's basketball team decided to give the 3-point shooting North Carolina A&T a taste of its own medicine during Wednesday night's 78-54 victory in Fogelman Arena by hitting a school record-tying 13 three-pointers.
The Aggies (4-9) entered Wednesday's game averaging 30.8 3-pointers taken and the Green Wave (5-7) attempted 33 and knocked down 13 in second straight win for Tulane, both tying the school single-game records.
Tulane also pulled down a season-best 47 rebounds against the Aggies, outrebounding NC A&T by 16 boards.
"This was a really good win for our team," Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "We have been building off the second half against VCU as far as our rebounding and our intensity as a team and that showed tonight. North Carolina A&T is a very good team and they have had some tough games on the road."
This loss was the fourth straight for the Aggies and this game marked the eighth straight road game for NC A&T.
"To have 47 rebounds against that team and to have 22 assists on 28 field goals shows that we are heading in the right direction," Dickerson added.
Kris Richard led Tulane with 19 points, including knocking down five of those record 3-pointers. Kevin Sims, Aaron Holmes and Johnny Mayhane each added 11 points in the win. Mayhane tied his career-high with his point total.
Kendall Timmons led the Green Wave on the boards with a career-high nine, while Asim McQueen and Holmes each grabbed eight rebounds. Sims pulled down seven of his own. McQueen added nine points and four assists to his line.
Tulane jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and North Carolina A&T would not get any closer than three the rest of the game. The Green Wave led 18-6 with 11:32 left in the opening half after a Timmons lay-up, but the Aggies chipped away to cut the lead down to 29-26 after a Tavarus Alston 3-pointer with 2:16 remaining in the half. Tulane then closed out the half on a 10-3 run to take a 39-29 lead into the locker room.
NC A&T scored the first two points of the second half to cut the lead back to single digits, 39-31, but Tulane used a 14-2 run to pull away for good and lead 54-33 with 13:47 remaining. The Green Wave's largest lead of 24 was the final score.
The Aggies, who entered the game averaging 30.8 3-point attempts, shot 23 from long range and knocked down just six of those attempts. NC A&T also connected on 38.9 percent from the field for the game.
Tulane shot 41.2 percent from the floor, including the 39.4 percent from 3-point range. The Green Wave also dished out 22 assists and collected five blocked shots, three by Timmons alone. The Tulane defense forced 18 turnovers and scored 25 points off of those miscues.
Alston led the Aggies with 18 points, while Nic Simpson had 13 points and James Porter recorded a game-high 11 rebounds.
- Kris Richard recorded his ninth double figure scoring game of the season and the 27th game of his career with his 19 points tonight.
- Tulane's 33 3-pointers attempted and 13 made both tied the single-game records in Green Wave history. Tulane also attempted 33 3-pointers against Southern Miss on Feb. 9, 2005 and made 13 against Savannah State on Dec. 20, 2002.
o The 33 3-pointers attempted marks only the second time in school history a Tulane team attempted at least 30 3-pointers in a game. The Green Wave shot 33 against Southern Miss on Feb. 9, 2005 (made 11).
- Aaron Holmes recorded his fifth double figure scoring game of the season and his career with his 11 points tonight.
- Kevin Sims recorded his ninth double figure scoring game of the season and the 72nd game of his career with his 11 points tonight.
- Johnny Mayhane recorded his first double figure scoring game of the season and the third game of his career with his career-high 11 points tonight.