Men's Basketball Looks to Keep Rolling at Old Dominion

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Junior Jay Hook

Jan. 24, 2014

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NORFOLK, Va. - Looking to build on back-to-back Conference USA wins, the Tulane men's basketball team visits league newcomer Old Dominion on Saturday for a 6 p.m. CT tip at the Constant Center.

The game will be broadcast locally in Norfolk by Cox and will be aired on CST in the New Orleans area at 8 p.m. CT on Saturday. 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.

The Green Wave (11-9, 3-2 C-USA) are coming off a home win over Rice last Saturday and a thrilling 59-54 victory at East Carolina on Thursday night. Jay Hook led the way in Thursday's victory with 17 points, including three three-pointers in the final minutes.

ODU (9-10, 3-1 C-USA) won all three of its conference games on the road, but fell to Southern Miss on Thursday night at home.

"Old Dominion is a very talented team," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They have been a solid program over the last 10 years or so and just had a down year last season. We know that Saturday will be a challenge and with another quick turnaround, we will have to be ready for the challenge."

The Monarchs are led by sophomore guard Aaron Bacote's 17.6 points per game average, while fellow guards Keenan Palmore (11.2) and Dimitri Batten (11.4) are also averaging in double figures.

Sophomore guard Louis Dabney leads Tulane into the game with a 17.0 scoring average, while freshman guard Jonathan Stark is adding 15.4 points and a team-best 4.0 assists per game. Hook, a junior guard is adding 14.6 points per outing.

This will be the fourth meeting between the two schools and the first since the 1994-95 season. Old Dominion won two of the first three meetings, but Tulane won the last, 85-80, in overtime on Dec. 5, 1994 in New Orleans. The only other meeting in Norfolk came on Dec. 29, 1970 with ODU claiming a 91-76 victory.

Tulane will be off for a week before heading to Hattiesburg on Saturday to face its conference travel partner Southern Miss at 6 p.m. CT.

Tulane (11-9, 3-2 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 15.4 ppg 3.2 rpg 4.0 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 17.0 ppg 4.7 rpg 2.1 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 14.6 ppg 5.5 rpg 45.6 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 6.1 ppg 6.9 rpg 0.8 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 20 Kevin Thomas 6-9 225 Sr. 3.2 ppg 2.5 rpg 1.7 bpg Waco, Texas

Old Dominion (9-10, 3-1 C-USA)
G 1 Aaron Bacote 6-4 180 So. 17.6 ppg 3.3 apg Hampton, Va.
G 3 Keenan Palmore 6-1 180 So. 11.2 ppg 3.7 rpg Stone Mountain, Ga.
G 4 Dimitri Batten 6-3 205 Jr. 11.4 ppg 4.4 rpg Newport News, Va.
F 21 Denzell Taylor 6-7 210 Fr. 5.7 ppg 6.5 rpg Brampton, Ontario
F 23 Richard Ross 6-6 225 Jr. 9.2 ppg 7.5 rpg Wichita Falls, Texas