Jan. 8, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The "second season" begins Thursday for the Tulane men's basketball team as the Green Wave open the Conference USA part of the schedule at Tulsa in an 8 p.m. CT tip at the Reynolds Center.
The game will be broadcast live on CSS, and as with every Green Wave basketball game, can be heard live on the Tulane IMG Sports Network (106.1 FM in the New Orleans area) and on Tulane All-Access at www.tulanegreenwave.com/allaccess.
Men's Basketball Can't Hold Off Tulsa
In a game for the books, a tale of two halves for the Tulane men's basketball team ended with a 34-point swing in favor of Tulsa in a, 78-66, victory for the Golden Hurricane over the visiting Green Wave on Saturday afternoon at the Reynolds Center.
"This is always and exciting time of the year when you start league play," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We have 16 tough games coming in the league and as a coach, a player and fan that is what you enjoy."
Tulane enters the game having won three of the last four, including a 61-58 victory over visiting Hofstra last Thursday in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tulsa has dropped two of its last three games, but snapped a two-game losing skid with a 73-57 win over Cal State Fullerton last Saturday.
A trio of guards leads the Green Wave into conference play. Sophomore Louis Dabney is posting 18.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while freshman Jonathan Stark is averaging 16.7 points and 4.3 assists per contest and junior Jay Hook is adding 15.4 points and 6.0 boards an outing.
Tulsa is led by sophomore guard James Woodard's 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Fellow sophomore Rashard Smith, a forward, is adding 12.4 points and 5.4 boards per contest.
"Tulsa has some more returners back than we do, but there were two really competitive games last year against this team," Conroy added. "We split the series with them and I know all the guys involved in those games will be ready to play at the high level and they certainly understand what conference play means."
This will be the 16th meeting between the two schools. Tulsa owns 10-5 series lead, including a 7-1 mark in games played in Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane have won six of the last seven meetings, including four straight at home. The teams split the meeting last season with Tulane earning a 75-72 victory at home and Tulsa grabbing a 78-66 win in Oklahoma.
The Green Wave continues its Conference USA opening road trip on Saturday when they visit Denton, Texas, to face North Texas at 1 p.m. CT.
Tickets for the 2013-14 Tulane men's basketball games are available for as low as $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. For additional information, contact the Tulane Team Shop ticket office in person on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information is also available over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Tulane (8-7, 0-0)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 16.7 ppg 2.9 rpg 4.3 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 18.3 ppg 4.9 rpg 2.1 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 15.4 ppg 6.0 rpg 49.3 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 5.7 ppg 6.9 rpg 0.8 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 41 Tomas Bruha 7-0 235 Sr. 2.6 ppg 1.6 rpg 62.5 FG% Prague, Czech Rep.
Tulsa (5-9, 0-0)
G 5 Tim Peete 6-4, 205 Sr. 4.0 ppg 2.3 rpg Memphis, Tenn.
G 10 James Woodard 6-3 183 So. 14.4 ppg 5.9 rpg Arcadia, Okla.
G 11 Shaquille Harrison 6-3 175 So. 9.5 ppg 3.4 apg Kansas City, Mo.
F 1 Rashard Smith 6-7 206 So. 12.4 ppg 5.4 rpg Plano, Texas
F 12 Lew Evans 6-8 230 So. 5.2 ppg 3.2 rpg Salt Lake City, Utah