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Men's Basketball Begins Homestand with UTEP

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Feb. 19, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane men's basketball team begins a pivotal three-game homestand on Thursday against Conference USA leading UTEP at 7 p.m. CT at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse.

The Last Meeting
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Men's Basketball Falls at UTEP, 62-50
Tulane's men's basketball team could not overcome a slow start on Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center, falling to host UTEP, 62-50, in the Conference USA contest.


The Green Wave (14-12, 6-5 C-USA) sit in a tie for fifth place in the league after last Saturday's, 86-80, win at UAB, the team's third win in the last four outings. UTEP (19-7, 9-2 C-USA) sits on top of the conference standings in a three-way tie and have also won three of the last four games.

"This is an outstanding UTEP team that is playing very well right now," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We know defensively they are going to come after us and on the offensive end we are all going to have to guard our positions. It is going to be a heck of a challenge and we will need a full house in Devlin to help spur us on."

Tulane is led by the trio of guards all averaging double figures. Sophomore Louis Dabney is tops on the team in scoring with 16.7 point per game, while freshman Jonathan Stark is next with 14.7 points and a team-best 4.0 assists per outing. Junior Jay Hook completes the list with a 13.7 scoring average.

UTEP also have three players averaging in double figures. The Miners are topped by junior guard Julian Washburn's 13.3 points per game, while freshman forward Vince Hunter (12.4) and senior center John Bohannon (11.3) also post double digits.

This will be the 13th meeting between the two schools. UTEP owns a 9-3 series advantage, including three straight wins over the Green Wave. Tulane does hold a 3-2 series edge in games played in New Orleans.

Tulane continues the homestand on Saturday against UTSA at 7 p.m. CT before hosting FAU next Wednesday.

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.

PROBABLE STARTERS
Tulane (14-12, 6-5 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 14.7 ppg 2.9 rpg 4.0 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 16.7 ppg 4.7 rpg 2.1 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 13.7 ppg 5.0 rpg 46.7 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 6.3 ppg 6.6 rpg 0.7 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 20 Kevin Thomas 6-9 225 Sr. 2.7 ppg 2.5 rpg 1.4 bpg Waco, Texas


UTEP (19-7, 9-2 C-USA)
G 4 Julian Washburn 6-8 210 Jr. 13.3 ppg 3.6 rpg Duncanville, Texas
G 5 C.J. Cooper 6-0 180 Jr. 9.8 ppg 2.7 apg La Verne, Calif.
F 32 Vince Hunter 6-8 200 Fr. 12.4 ppg 6.7 rpg Detroit, Mich.
C 21 John Bohannon 6-11 210 Sr. 11.3 ppg 8.5 rpg Lancaster, Texas
C 41 Matt Willms 7-1 220 Fr. 4.8 ppg 3.1 rpg Leamington, Ontario