Feb. 6, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - After playing the last three games on the road, the Tulane men's basketball team returns to Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse on Friday to host Conference USA for Charlotte at 7 p.m. CT.
The Green Wave (11-11, 3-4 C-USA) went 1-2 in the recent road swing with a 59-54 win at East Carolina two weeks ago. Tulane has dropped the last two outings, including at Southern Miss last Saturday night.
"Like we've been all year, this group has been pretty resilient," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "I fully expect that they will bounce back in a strong way like we have all year. Being at home after the long drought should help this team as well. We are looking forward to playing at home in front of our fans."
Charlotte (14-7, 5-3 C-USA) has won each of its last two games, but has lost three straight on the road, including a 71-69 decision at Rice two just under two weeks ago.
"Charlotte is a team that beat Kansas State -a team we saw firsthand - they beat Michigan and they beat UTEP at UTEP. They really have all five positions covered well and are a solid basketball team. We will have to bounce back and be resilient."
Louis Dabney leads Tulane into the weekend. The sophomore guard is scoring 16.9 points per game, while freshman guard Jonathan Stark is posting 15.4 points and a team-high 4.0 assists per outing. Junior guard Jay Hook is adding 14.3 points per contest.
Junior guard Pierra Henry leads the 49ers into the game with a 12.2 points per game average. Former Green Wave guard Ben Cherry is a graduate student for Charlotte and is currently leading the conference in three-point shooting with 52.1 percent.
This will be the 24th meeting between the two former and recently current conference foes. Charlotte owns a 15-8 lead in the series that includes a 7-3 mark during the 49ers first stint in C-USA. The teams also split eight games when both schools were members of the Metro Conference in the early 1990s. The last meeting between the two schools came on Feb. 19, 2005 in New Orleans before the 49ers left C-USA for the Atlantic-10 Conference.
Tulane hosts Marshall on Sunday in Devlin Fieldhouse 1 p.m. CT before hitting the road the following week to face Middle Tennessee State on Thursday and UAB on Saturday.
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 (11-11, 3-4 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 15.4 ppg 3.0 rpg 4.0 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 16.9 ppg 4.8 rpg 2.0 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 14.3 ppg 5.1 rpg 46.1 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 5.8 ppg 6.7 rpg 0.7 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 20 Kevin Thomas 6-9 225 Sr. 3.1 ppg 2.7 rpg 1.6 bpg Waco, Texas
Charlotte (14-7, 5-3 C-USA)
G 14 Terrence Williams 6-4 203 Jr. 10.5 ppg 5.0 rpg Charlotte, N.C.
G 15 Pierriá Henry 6-4 189 Jr. 11.9 ppg 6.2 apg Charleston, W. Va.
G 24 Ben Cherry 6-3 180 Gr. 7.1 ppg 0.9 rpg Charlotte, N.C.
F 21 Willie Clayton 6-9 237 So. 11.9 ppg 9.2 rpg Thomasville, Ga.
C 12 Mike Thorne Jr. 6-11 260 So. 9.8 ppg 6.7 rpg Fayetteville, N.C.