Men's Basketball Hosts Louisiana Tech in C-USA Home Opener

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM <b>Head coach Ed Conroy</b>
Head coach Ed Conroy

Jan. 15, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - Coming off a split in last week's Conference USA opening games, the Tulane men's basketball team opens its home slate of league games when they host Louisiana Tech on Thursday at 8 p.m. CT at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse.

The game will be broadcast live on Cox Sports Television, 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.

Tulane (9-8, 1-1 C-USA) fell at Tulsa last Thursday and rebounded to hold the lead from start to finish in a 73-62 victory at North Texas on Saturday afternoon.

"We come back home after our experiences on the road and are looking for consistency," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "I loved the fact that we defended and handled pressure well against North Texas. We are going to need to do that on Thursday against Louisiana Tech."

Louisiana Tech (14-3, 2-0 C-USA), one of the newcomers to Conference USA, swept their home games against FIU and FAU last week. The Bulldogs, winners of six straight games, are receiving votes in this week's Associated Press top 25 poll.

"Louisiana Tech is playing extremely well and are one of the best teams in the conference," Conroy added. "Coach White does a super job with them. They are very athletic and will play really hard."

The Green Wave are led into the game by a trio of guards. Sophomore Louis Dabney leads the charge with 18.2 points per game, while Jonathan Stark, the reigning C-USA Freshman of the Week, is posting 16.8 points and junior Jay Hook is adding 14.7 points per contest.

The Bulldogs, who lead the conference in scoring with an average of 85.9 points per outing, are led by three players in double figures. Raheem Appleby is posting 16.1 points per game, but has missed the last two games due to injury. Alex Hamilton is next with a 15.0 scoring average, while Chris Anderson is adding 10.6 points per game.

This will be fourth meeting between the two schools. Tulane owns a 2-1 series lead, but the schools have not met since Nov. 21, 2004 when the Bulldogs got past the Green Wave, 69-66, in the Louisiana Classic in Baton Rouge. The only meeting in New Orleans was back in 1937 that resulted in a 44-24 Tulane win.

The Green Wave continue the home stand on Saturday when they host Rice at 7 p.m. CT in Devlin Fieldhouse.

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Tulane (9-8, 1-1 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 16.8 ppg 3.1 rpg 3.9 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 18.2 ppg 4.9 rpg 2.1 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 14.7 ppg 5.6 rpg 45.3 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 6.2 ppg 6.6 rpg 0.8 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 20 Kevin Thomas 6-9 225 Sr. 2.8 ppg 2.3 rpg 55.2 FG% Waco, Texas

Louisiana Tech (14-3, 2-0 C-USA)
G 0 Alex Hamilton 6-4 180 So. 15.0 ppg 3.4 apg Chipley, Fla.
G 4 Kenneth Smith 6-3 180 Jr. 6.8 ppg 6.4 apg St. Petersburg, Fla.
G 15 Cordarius Johnson 6-6 220 Sr. 8.9 ppg 4.6 rpg Coushatta, La.
F 1 Michale Kyser 6-9 205 Jr. 7.2 ppg 7.7 rpg Lancaster, Texas
F 5 Chris Anderson 6-6 220 Sr. 10.6 ppg 5.3 rpg Muskegon, Mich.