Jan. 31, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After having a mid-week bye, the Tulane men's basketball team returns to the court for a third straight road game on Saturday against Southern Miss at 6 p.m. CT at Reed Green Coliseum.
Comeback Falls Short for Men's Basketball at USM
A second straight come-from-behind win for the Tulane men's basketball team was too much to ask for on Wednesday night as the Green Wave overcame a 16-point deficit to retake a lead only to fall, 71-60, to Southern Miss in Reed Green Coliseum.
Southern Miss (18-3, 5-1, C-USA) also did not play a mid-week game and is coming off a road sweep at Old Dominion and East Carolina last week. The Golden Eagles, who are receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls, share the top spot in Conference USA with a 5-1 mark.
"We face one heck of an opponent in Southern Miss," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They are in first place in the league and just a really good basketball team. They are very athletic and this will be a tough challenge for our team, especially going into their place."
The Golden Eagles have won four in a row since their only conference setback at Tulsa back on Jan. 12. USM is led by a trio of players in double figures, including senior guard Neil Watson (12.3) and senior forwards Daveon Boardingham (11.1) and Michael Craig (11.3).
Tulane, who sits in 10th place in the conference standings, is led by its trio of guards with sophomore Louis Dabney heading the charge at 17.0 points per game. Freshman Jonathan Stark (15.6) and junior Jay Hook (14.6) are also in double figures.
This will be the 76th meeting between the two conference rivals. Tulane owns a 40-35 series lead, but Southern Miss has won seven straight, including three in a row at home. USM owns a 20-15 series lead in games played in Hattiesburg.
This will be the second to last meeting between the two schools that shared conference alliances since USM joined the Metro prior to the 1982-83 season and the two schools were both charter members of Conference USA. USM owns a 26-25 series lead in conference games between the two schools not including a 3-0 mark in tournament meetings.
Tulane hosts Charlotte and Marshall next Friday and Sunday in Devlin Fieldhouse. Friday's game is slated for 7 p.m. CT, while Sunday will tip 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 (11-10, 3-3 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 15.6 ppg 3.0 rpg 4.0 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 17.0 ppg 4.8 rpg 2.0 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 14.6 ppg 5.3 rpg 45.5 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 6.0 ppg 6.9 rpg 0.7 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 20 Kevin Thomas 6-9 225 Sr. 3.3 ppg 2.8 rpg 1.7 bpg Waco, Texas
USM (18-3, 5-1 C-USA)
G 5 Neil Watson 5-11 170 Sr. 12.3 ppg 3.9 apg Kansas City, Kan.
G 23 Jerrold Brooks 6-0 200 Sr. 9.6 ppg 2.7 apg Rochester, N.Y.
F 11 Daveon Boardingham 6-7 235 Sr. 11.1 ppg 4.9 rpg Newark, N.J.
F 22 Aaron Brown 6-5 210 Jr. 9.1 ppg 4.0 rpg Hackensack, N.J.
F 24 Michael Craig 6-5 230 Sr. 11.3 ppg 7.9 rpg Phoenix, Ariz.