Jan. 3, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - With 2012 in the books, the Tulane men's basketball team rings in 2013 by hosting Wofford in the final non-conference game of the regular season on Friday at 7 p.m. CT in Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Green Wave (11-3) closed out the 2012 year in a big way with a 53-50 victory at Alabama on Sunday. Josh Davis, the reigning Conference USA Player of the Week, led Tulane with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Jordan Callahan hit two 3-pointers in the final minutes to complete the comeback.
Shooting Woes Plague Green Wave in Loss at Wofford
A poor shooting performance plagued the Tulane men's basketball team Tuesday night as the perfect start to the season came to an end with a 61-50 loss to Wofford at Benjamin Johnson Arena.
"This is an important game from a standpoint of us making progress," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We've seen a lot of different styles this non-conference schedule and I love that for our team. We are in that stage now where we have to find that consistency and our identity no matter what style the opponent plays."
Tulane, riding a four-game winning streak overall, has won 19 straight non-conference home games entering Friday's contest.
Davis leads the Green Wave with 18.4 points and 10.1 points per outing. The junior forward has scored in double figures in all 14 games and has seven double doubles. Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant adds 14.5 points per contest, while Callahan is posting 12.6 points per game.
As a team, Tulane is averaging 67.5 points a game and is shooting 42.0 percent from the floor.
Wofford is led by sophomore guard Karl Cochran's 16.2 points per contest. Sophomore forward Lee Skinner adds 10.6 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per outing.
The Terriers are shooting just 38.8 percent from the floor, but have knocked down 34.7 percent from 3-point range.
"Wofford is so well coached," Conroy added. "We know we will have to be focused and ready to play for the full 40 minutes."
This is the second meeting between the two schools. Wofford won the other meeting, 61-50, on Dec. 6, 2011 in Spartanburg, S.C.
Tulane will open the Conference USA schedule on Wednesday when UTEP invades Devlin Fieldhouse for a 7 p.m. CT tip.
GREEN WAVE PROBABLE STARTERS
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-2 190 So. 14.5 ppg 3.6 rpg 3.0 apg
G 5 Jordan Callahan 6-0 190 Sr. 12.6 ppg 2.5 rpg 1.6 apg
F 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 215 Sr. 6.6 ppg 4.8 rpg 2.1 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 Jr. 18.4 ppg 10.1 rpg 2.1 apg
C 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 So. 4.8 ppg 6.4 rpg 0.6 spg
TERRIERS' PROBABLE STARTERS
G 3 John Swinton 6-2 185 So. 3.5 ppg 2.2 apg Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
G 2 Karl Cochran 6-1 170 So. 16.2 ppg 3.9 rpg Marietta, Ga.
G 32 Spencer Collins 6-4 200 Fr. 11.3 ppg 2.9 rpg Easley, S.C.
F 34 Lee Skinner 6-6 212 So. 10.6 ppg 6.6 rpg Lombard, Ill.
F 14 Aerris Smith 6-8 250 Jr. 2.6 ppg 3.5 rpg Charlotte, N.C.