Men's Basketball Travels West to Face UTEP



Feb. 1, 2013

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EL PASO, Texas - In a rematch of the opening Conference USA game of the season, the Tulane men's basketball team faces UTEP on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT in the Don Haskins Center, this time looking for a better result.

The Green Wave (14-7, 2-4 C-USA) fell to the visiting Miners (11-8, 4-2 C-USA), 66-57, back on Jan. 9 in Devlin Fieldhouse. Since then, Tulane has won twice in five games with victories over Tulsa and Rice.

The Last Meeting
January 9, 2013
New Orleans, La.
Poor Shooting Hampers Men's Basketball in C-USA loss to UTEP
Poor shooting hampered the Tulane men's basketball team on Wednesday night in the Conference USA opener, falling to UTEP, 66-57, in Devlin Fieldhouse.

UTEP has won four of six games since the last meeting, including home wins over Marshall, Houston Baptist and SMU.

"Both teams are now familiar with each other at this point and we took a lot away from the first meeting, just like I'm sure they did as well," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We know how good they are and how well coached they are. Our guys have to come out ready to play on the road in a tough venue."

Josh Davis leads Tulane into the rematch. The junior forward leads the conference in both scoring with 17.5 points per game and rebounding with 10.2 per outing. Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant adds 15.4 points per game and leads the league is scoring in conference games only with 17.5 points a contest.

UTEP is led by sophomore Julian Washburn's 12.3 points per game, while Konner Tucker adds 12.0 points per outing.

The Miners sit in fourth-place in the conference standings, a game behind UCF and a half game ahead of Tulsa. Tulane sits tied for seventh with Marshall, a half-game behind East Carolina and a half-game ahead of both Houston and SMU.

This will be the 12th meeting between the two schools. UTEP owns an 8-3 series lead, including five of the last six. UTEP is a perfect 5-0 against Tulane in El Paso. The Miners took the first meeting this season, 66-57, back on Jan. 9 in New Orleans.

Tulane host Marshall at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday before travelling to Houston on Saturday for a 1 p.m. CT tip against the Cougars.

Tulane 14-7, 2-4 C-USA)
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-2 190 So. 15.4 ppg 3.1 rpg 2.8 apg
G 5 Jordan Callahan 6-0 190 Sr. 10.8 ppg 2.7 rpg 2.0 apg
F 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 215 Sr. 7.1 ppg 4.5 rpg 2.0 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 Jr. 17.5 ppg 10.2 rpg 2.1 apg
C 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 So. 5.2 ppg 6.1 rpg 0.6 spg

UTEP (11-8, 4-2 C-USA)
G 11 Jacques Streeter 6-0 175 Sr. 8.9 ppg 5.0 apg
G 13 McKenzie Moore 6-6 190 So. 9.0 ppg 5.0 rpg
G 25 Konner Tucker 6-4 185 GS 12.0 ppg 2.0 rpg
F 4 Julian Washburn 6-7 205 So. 12.3 ppg 4.4 rpg
F 31 Cedrick Lang 6-9 225 So. 4.8 ppg 4.5 rpg