Men's Basketball Begins Second C-USA Road Trip at ECU

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Head coach Ed Conroy and freshman Jonathan Stark

Jan. 22, 2014

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Looking to build on the momentum of last weekend's win over Rice, the Tulane men's basketball team begins its second Conference USA road trip of the season against East Carolina on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT at Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum.

The Green Wave (10-9, 2-2 C-USA) defeated visiting Rice, 58-41, on Saturday night behind a solid defensive team effort and Jay Hook's 17 points along with Louis Dabney's 12. Tulane held the Owls to a season-low point total and season-lows shooting percentages from the field and from three-point range.

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In a game for the ages, the Tulane men's basketball team fell to host East Carolina, 88-85, on Wednesday night in a Conference USA contest at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

"I've really challenged our guys from the minute our game ended against Rice to do what we need to do to focus and come out and show that consistency as far as playing the game the way we want to play," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "I'm looking forward to Thursday night and seeing how we come out and respond and give a better effort in our weekday game."

East Carolina (11-7, 0-3 C-USA) is coming off a pair of losses at the Florida schools last week with a 78-67 loss at FAU on Thursday and a 68-64 result at FIU on Saturday. Overall, the Pirates have dropped five of the last six games.

ECU, who averages 81.6 points per game, is led by four players in double figures. Akeem Richmond leads the way with a 19.1 average, while Paris Campbell (13.6), Caleb White (12.0) and Michael Zangari (10.0) complete the list.

Tulane is led by Dabney's 17.5 points per game, while Jonathan Stark is adding 15.5 points and 3.9 assists per outing. Jay Hook (14.5) is also scoring in double figures.

This will be the 17th meeting between the two schools. Tulane owns a slim 9-7 series lead, but East Carolina has won the last five in the series. The Pirates own a 5-3 record against the Green Wave in games played in Greenville.

Tulane continues the east coast conference road trip at Old Dominion on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT.

Tulane (10-9, 2-2 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 15.5 ppg 3.2 rpg 3.9 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 17.5 ppg 4.7 rpg 2.1 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 14.5 ppg 5.6 rpg 45.2 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 6.0 ppg 6.8 rpg 0.8 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 20 Kevin Thomas 6-9 225 Sr. 3.1 ppg 2.5 rpg 1.6 bpg Waco, Texas

East Carolina (11-7, 0-3 C-USA)
G 1 Akeem Richmond 6-0 180 Sr. 19.1 ppg 1.8 rpg Sanford, N.C.
G 11 Antonio Robinson 6-4 175 Jr. 5.9 ppg 3.1 apg Winston-Salem, N.C.
G 22 Paris Roberts-Campbell 6-3 185 Jr. 13.6 ppg 3.4 apg Charlotte, N.C.
F 2 Caleb White 6-7 190 Fr. 12.0 ppg 3.6 rpg Lynchburg, Va.
F 34 Michael Zangari 6-9 230 So. 10.0 ppg 4.8 rpg Lewisberry, Pa.