Tulane (10-4, 0-3 C-USA) at Southern Miss (10-3, 1-1)
Sat., Jan. 15, 2000, 5 p.m. CST
Green Coliseum (8,095)
Game Data: Tulane (10-4, 0-3 C-USA) looks to win its first Conference USA game of the year tonight against Southern Miss (10-3, 1-1) at Green Coliseum (8,095) ... A win today would be the Wave’s third road win of the season, equaling the team’s total from all of last season ... Tulane is 6-2 in its last eight games in Hattiesburg.
On the Air: The Tulane Basketball Network will broadcast every Tulane regular season game. The flagship station is 50,000 watt WWL-AM 870 in New Orleans. “Voice of the Green Wave” Ken Berthelot is in his 11th year of calling the action. Joining Berthelot on the home broadcasts will be color analysts Curtis Amann or Rob Koonce. At least seven of Tulane’s regular season games will be televised this season. Four appearances are scheduled for the ESPN family, two for CSSE and one for Fox Sports South.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his 11th year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 175-138 (.559). Clark has guided Tulane to five 20-win seasons, six postseason appearances (3 NCAA, 3 NIT) and the Metro Conference championship in 1992. He was the 1992 National Coach of the Year and a two-time Metro Conference Coach of the Year (1991, 1992). Only one other coach in school history has more wins or a longer tenure. He is assisted by Anthony Anderson, Greg Gary and Brock Kantrow. Clark is 12-9 against Southern Miss.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 49th meeting of the two schools with Tulane holding a 30-18 series advantage. This is the 25th consecutive season in which USM and Tulane have met, the longest active streak in Tulane history. The Golden Eagles have won three of the last four meetings, but Tulane won the last one, 68-61, on Feb. 11, 1999 in Hattiesburg. Tulane has an 17-7 record in series games played in New Orleans, 11-10 in Hattiesburg, and 2-1 in neutral-site games. For more series information, please see page 77 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Led by Kenyon Martin’s career high 27 points, top-ranked Cincinnati held Tulane to 26.9 percent shooting and just seven field goals in the second half in earning a 72-59 victory. Martin scored 16 of his points in the second half as UC turned up the defensive pressure and erased a nine-point halftime deficit. Trello Galloway ignited the Wave in the first half, scoring 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. He was one of three Tulane players to finish in double figures.
Scouting Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles (10-3, 1-1 C-USA) enter play this evening with a perfect 5-0 mark at home this year. USM has not played since a 69-67 loss at Louisville on Jan. 8. As a team, Southern Miss is outscoring the opposition by 8.9 points per game and holds them to just a .372 field goal percentage. Individually, the team is led by David Wall, who averages 17.5 points per game.
Behind the Arc: One positive to come out of Wednesday’s loss to Cincinnati was the Wave’s three-point shooting. Trello Galloway, Sterling Davis and Dylan Osean each connected twice from behind the arc as Tulane equaled a season high with seven treys. For the game, the Wave shot 46.7 percent, the second-best percentage of the year.
Leading By Example: Seniors Sterling Davis and Dylan Osean continue to do a fine job of leading this team with solid efforts. The duo combined to score 19 of the team’s 24 points in the second half vs. Cincinnati, and each finished with a team-high 14 points. Both players carry a double-figure scoring average into today’s game.
Second Half Slump: Despite the fact that Tulane has outscored the opposition by an average of 4.4 points per game in the second half this season, the last two games have not helped that average. In the last two games, the Green Wave has been outscored 88-57 in the second half and lost halftime leads of eight points to Houston and nine to Cincinnati. Opponents have shot 57.7 percent (30-of-52) from the floor in the second half of those two contests.
Finding the Open Man: Dylan Osean and Ledaryl Billingsley displayed unselfish play on Wednesday, as each posted a season high in assists. Osean (4) and Billingsley (3) combined for seven of the squad’s 14 assists.
Nice Effort: Freshman Trello Galloway certainly rose to the occasion against top-ranked Cincinnati. The Myrtle Beach, S.C. native equaled a career high with 12 points and set a new career best with six boards. Galloway was a first-half spark for the Wave with 10 points, including 2-of-2 from three-point range. It was his second double-figure scoring effort of the season.
Take Note: Tulane is 7-0 this season when collecting more assists than turnovers and 8-1 when Waitari Marsh passes out at least five assists.
This Time Last Season... the Wave had a 6-7 record (1-4 C-USA) after a 83-68 loss at Memphis on Jan. 14. At the time Tulane had a .426 FG percentage, a -3.0 rebound margin, and a +3.3 scoring margin. A year later, the Wave has four more wins, a 45.8 FG percentage, a +2.2 rebound margin, and a +9.1 scoring margin.
Tulane has one of its busiest stretches of the season, as the squad will play three games in
the next nine days. The Wave hosts South Florida on Jan. 19, UAB on Jan. 23 and New
Orleans on Jan. 24.