Big Shots Late Lift Tulane Men's Basketball Over Alabama, 53-50



Dec. 30, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A pair of 3-pointers from senior Jordan Callahan and two free throws from senior Kendall Timmons in the final 1:55 helped the Tulane men's basketball team come from behind to upend Alabama, 53-50, on Sunday evening at Coleman Coliseum.

Trailing 45-44, Callahan knocked down his third 3-pointer of the game with 1:55 remaining that gave the Green Wave (11-3) the lead for good. Just over a minute later and after a pair of missed 3-pointers by the Crimson Tide (7-5), Callahan knocked down another long range shot that boosted Tulane's lead to 50-45 with 0:50 remaining.

Alabama then hit two free throws to cut the deficit back to three with 0:27 left before Timmons drained a pair from the charity stripe with 0:17 to boost the lead back to five, 52-47. The Crimson Tide then got a 3-pointer from Trevor Releford with 0:09 to play before Tulane's Josh Davis secured the win with a free throw with 0:07 remaining.

The Crimson Tide's shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim that would have tied the game.

"I would like to credit Alabama and coach Anthony Grant," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "I knew that they would make it awfully tough on us, and I thought they had us out of rhythm the entire night. We were fortunate at the end. I thought we had some great leadership from our seniors. [Jordan] Callahan and [Kendall] Timmons down the stretch, Timmons with the free throws, Callahan with the threes."

Callahan, who closed out the game with three 3-pointers in the final five minutes, finished with 12 points all from behind the arc. Timmons added six points and five rebounds.

Davis finished the game with a game-high 18 points and 12 rebounds to record his seventh double double of the season. The junior hit six of nine from both the field and the free throw line and pulled down six of Tulane's 13 offensive rebounds.

Ben Cherry came off the bench to add eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Ricky Tarrant, playing in his home state, added five points and four assists.

Alabama, who has now dropped five of the last six games, opened the game by scoring eight of the first 10 points and led the entire first half and 25-20 at halftime.

The Crimson Tide then established a seven point lead, 31-24, less than two minutes into the second half, but Tulane proceeded to run off 12 straight points to take its first lead of the game, 36-31, with 12:03 remaining.

Alabama regained the advantage with an 11-0 run of their own to retake a 42-36 lead with 7:13 left. The Crimson Tide also led by six with 4:21 to play before Callahan drained his back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Green Wave the lead for good.

Nick Jacobs and Trevor Lacey led Alabama with 12 points each, while Rodney Cooper added nine. Tulane, who had not won a true road game in 364 days, outrebounded Alabama, 34-30, hit 36.0 percent from the floor and seven of 21 3-pointers.

Alabama knocked down 39.6 percent from the floor, including just three of 15 from 3-point range.

The Green Wave will host Wofford in the final non-conference game of the regular season on Friday at 7 p.m. CT in Devlin Fieldhouse.

- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in tonight's game with his 18. He now has scored in double figures in all 14 games this season and in 33 games in his career.
- Davis pulled down 12 rebounds tonight, marking his seventh double digit rebound game of the season and 23rd of his career.
- Davis has now collected his seventh double double of the season and the 23rd of his career with his 18 points and 12 rebounds.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan reached double figures in tonight's game with his 12. He now has scored in double figures in nine games this season and 60 games in his career.
- Tulane snapped an 11-game true road game losing streak with the win. The last true road win came at UTPA on Dec. 31, 2011.