Feb. 18, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - Tulane University looks for its second straight win on Tuesday evening, playing the University of Houston in a Conference USA contest at Hofheinz Pavillion at 7:30 p.m.
The game will be available on the radio on WTIX 94.3 FM or WTIX 690 AM. Jim Freeman provides the play-by-play. All Tulane radio broadcasts are available on the internet as well, by visiting www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Tulane improved to 13-10 overall and 5-7 in league play with an 83-72 victory over UAB at home on Saturday. The Green Wave put a season-high six players in double figures in the victory, led by 16 from junior Brandon Spann (New Orleans, La.). Freshman Karl Hollingsworth made his first career start and responded with a career-high 10 points in the victory.
"The guys really played focused and totally as a team," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "That's the way the game has to be played as a team, it's us against them."
Tulane will be looking for another key victory on Tuesday. The Wave has five wins to hold fourth place in the National Division. Houston and South Florida are tied for second with seven wins each, while Memphis is the division leader with 10 victories. Twelve teams make the Conference USA Tournament, which will be held March 6-9 in Cincinnati. The bottom two teams in the league, regardless of division, do not make the tourney. Currently, those teams are Southern Miss and DePaul, who have two wins each.
The Green Wave dropped its first meeting with Houston on Jan. 8, falling 69-66. Junior Waitari Marsh (Chicago, Ill.) buried a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded in that game, but it was ruled too late and the Cougars escaped with the key victory.
"We'll have to go in there a little more focused and take care of the basketball down the stretch and put ourselves in a position to win the basketball game," Finney said. "It is going to take a 40-minute team-effort. We will have to go out and compete and value the basketball like we did against UAB."
Junior Brandon Brown (Houma, La.), the leading scorer and rebounder for the Green Wave, was held to just 10 points and six rebounds by UAB. He will look to rebound to his performance of the previous two games, when he scored a combined 48 points. Brown has 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, but he leads Conference USA with a .592 field-goal percentage.
Following Tuesday's game, Tulane will play its final regular season road game at Charlotte on Saturday. The Green Wave closes the regular season at home, hosting TCU on Feb. 26, and Saint Louis on Mar. 2.
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