Men's Basketball Hosts UTEP in C-USA Opener



Jan. 8, 2013

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NEW ORLEANS - Riding a five-game winning streak, the Tulane men's basketball team hosts UTEP on Wednesday in the Conference USA opener at 7 p.m. CT in Devlin Fieldhouse.

The Green Wave (12-3, 0-0 C-USA) have won five in a row since the 78-72 loss at San Diego on Dec. 8. Tulane is also a perfect 10-0 at home this season.

The Miners (6-6, 0-0 C-USA) enter the game having won three of the last four, but had a three-game winning streak snapped at Colorado State, 62-58, on Jan. 2.

The Last Meeting
February 11, 2012
El Paso, Texas
Green Wave Falls in OT at UTEP
Despite getting 19 points from both Jordan Callahan and Ricky Tarrant, the Tulane men's basketball team could not hold off UTEP on Saturday night, falling 54-52, in overtime at the Don Haskins Center.

"This is an exciting time of the year," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Our non-conference schedule has prepared us in a great way. We've seen a lot of different styles and seen a lot of teams that like to slug it out. Conference play is about that and comes down to a few possessions in each game."

Tulane is led by junior forward Josh Davis. Davis has put together back-to-back double double outings and is averaging a Conference USA best 18.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant adds 14.5 points and a team-high 2.9 assists per outing, while senior guard Jordan Callahan is scoring 12.3 points a game.

The Green Wave as a team is scoring 67.1 points per game and owns a conference best 56.7 points against average. Tulane is shooting 41.8 percent from the floor and hits 33.6 percent from 3-point range.

UTEP is scoring 63.1 points per game and allows 63.8. The Miners are shooting 45.0 percent from the floor, including 35.6 percent from long range.

"Don't let UTEP's record fool you. They are a very well coached team with a lot of talent," Conroy added. "They have played a tough schedule and are playing well right now so we know that we have to be prepared and ready to play hard."

Sophomore forward Jilian Washburn leads UTEP with 13.7 points per contest, while junior center John Bohannon adds 11.6 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game.

This will be the 11th meeting between the two schools. UTEP owns a 7-3 series lead, including four of the last five. Tulane does own a 3-1 series lead in games played in New Orleans, including a 66-58 victory on Jan. 21, 2012. UTEP won the game in El Paso last season, 54-52, in OT on Feb. 11.

Tulane will travel to Dallas on Saturday for the first conference road game of the season against SMU in Moody Coliseum at 2 p.m. CT.

Tulane (12-3)
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-2 190 So. 14.5 ppg 3.4 rpg 2.9 apg
G 5 Jordan Callahan 6-0 190 Sr. 12.3 ppg 2.6 rpg 1.8 apg
F 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 215 Sr. 6.9 ppg 4.7 rpg 2.1 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 Jr. 18.1 ppg 10.3 rpg 2.1 apg
C 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 So. 5.0 ppg 6.3 rpg 0.6 spg

UTEP (6-6)
G 11 Jacques Streeter 6-0 175 Sr. 9.0 ppg 4.8 apg
G 25 Konner Tucker 6-4 185 GS 12.6 ppg 2.6 rpg
F 4 Julian Washburn 6-7 205 So. 13.7 ppg 4.3 rpg
F 31 Cedrick Lang 6-9 225 So. 4.8 ppg 4.4 rpg
C 21 John Bohannon 6-10 210 Jr. 11.6 ppg 6.4 rpg