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Men's Basketball Continues Homestand With UTSA

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM <b>Head coach Ed Conroy and freshman Jonathan Stark</b>
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Head coach Ed Conroy and freshman Jonathan Stark
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Feb. 21, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - Coming off a sub-par performance on Thursday night against UTEP, the Tulane men's basketball teams looks to get back on track when they host Conference USA newcomer UTSA at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday in the second game of a three-game homestand.

The Green Wave (14-13, 6-6 C-USA) fell to visiting UTEP, 72-54, on Thursday night and dropped into seventh-place in the conference standing, four games out of first-place with four games remaining. Tulane is still in position to secure one of the top nine first-round byes in next month's C-USA Championships.

UTSA (8-17, 4-8 C-USA) lost at Southern Miss on Thursday night, 85-56, in Hattiesburg, and sits tied for 12th in the conference standings.

"UTSA is a team that can really give you trouble with the way they play," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We need to move have the `next play' mentality and learn from Thursday night and move on. We've had a lot of success doing that this season and we will need to play well to defend our home court on Saturday night."

Tulane is led by sophomore guard Louis Dabney's 16.6 points per game scoring average. Freshman Jonathan Stark (14.4 ppg) and junior Jay Hook (13.7 ppg) are also averaging in double figures.

UTSA also has three players scoring in double digits, led by junior guard Keon Lewis' 13.1. Senior guards Devon Agusi (11.9) and Jordan Sims (11.0) complete the list.

This will be just the third meeting between the two programs. Tulane won the previous two contests, both in the early 1980s. The Green Wave defeated UTSA, 90-62, in New Orleans on Feb. 17, 1983 and 71-64 on Jan. 2, 1982 in San Antonio.

Fans that would like a chance to make a half-court shot for $1,000 can purchase and raffle ticket during the first half at the student entrance for free. One winner will be chosen and that fan will shoot at halftime.

Tulane finished the three-game homestand on Wednesday when FAU visits New Orleans for an 8 p.m. CT tip.

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 (14-13, 6-6 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 14.4 ppg 2.9 rpg 3.9 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 16.6 ppg 4.6 rpg 2.1 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 13.7 ppg 4.9 rpg 48.4 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 6.3 ppg 6.7 rpg 0.7 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 41 Tomas Bruha 7-0 235 Sr. 2.5 ppg 2.2 rpg 0.3 bpg Prague, Czech Republic

UTSA (8-17, 4-8 C-USA)
G 1 Devon Agusi 6-0 170 Sr. 11.9 ppg 2.8 rpg Dallas, Texas
G 32 Jordan Sims 6-4 185 Sr. 11.0 ppg 3.6 rpg Tucson, Ariz.
G 44 Keon Lewis 6-2 180 Jr. 13.1 ppg 2.1 rpg Seattle, Wash.
F 24 Phillip Jones 6-6 200 Fr. 7.1 ppg 5.8 rpg Freeport, Bahamas
F 20 Edrico McGregor 6-7 225 Sr. 7.3 ppg 5.9 rpg Nassau, Bahama