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Men's Basketball Closes Homestand with FAU on Wednesday

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Freshman guard Jonathan Stark
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Feb. 25, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - Looking to build upon last Saturday's win over visiting UTSA, the Tulane men's basketball team closes out the three-game homestand on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT when Florida Atlantic visits in a Conference USA contest as part of a double header with the Green Wave women's team.

The Tulane women's team hosts Tulsa at 6 p.m. CT.

The Green Wave (15-13, 7-6 C-USA) defeated UTSA, 68-56, behind a 25-point performance by Jay Hook and 15 rebounds from Tre Drye. The win moved Tulane into a tie for sixth-place in the conference standings.

FAU (10-18, 5-8 C-USA) has dropped three straight since upsetting UTEP in El Paso on Feb. 13. The Owls fell at home to North Texas, 78-76, last Saturday and sit in a four-way tie for ninth-place in the league.

"They are a talented team and can score from all five spots," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "There have been times this year that they have been as impressive as anybody in the league with a win at UTEP and beating Harvard like they did at home. When they are on they can be as good as anyone. We know that we will have to step up to the challenge."

The Owls got past UTEP, 71-69, and defeated Harvard, 68-53, back on Jan. 21 in Boca Raton.

FAU is led by senior guard Pablo Bertone, whose 18.6 points per game scoring average is among the tops in C-USA. Freshman guard Marquan Botley (10.5) and junior forward Justin Raffington (10.1) also average in double figures.

Louis Dabney leads a trio of Tulane guards that all score in double figures. Dabney, a sophomore, is posting 16.4 points per game, while freshman Jonathan Stark (14.2) and Hook (14.1), a junior, complete the list.

This will be fourth meeting between the two schools. Tulane won all four of the previous meetings, including the most recent, 79-64, on Feb. 20, 1996 in Boca Raton, Fla. The Green Wave are 2-0 in the series in games played in New Orleans.

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 plays its final road game of the regular season this Sunday when they visit FIU for a 1 p.m. CT tip in Miami.

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 (15-13, 7-6 C-USA)
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 14.2 ppg 2.8 rpg 4.0 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 16.4 ppg 4.5 rpg 2.1 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 14.1 ppg 5.0 rpg 49.6 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 6.4 ppg 7.0 rpg 0.8 spg Baton Rouge, La.
F 41 Tomas Bruha 7-0 235 Sr. 2.7 ppg 2.2 rpg 59.6 FG Prague, Czech Republic

FAU (10-18, 5-8 C-USA)
G 2 Marquan Botley 5-10 160 Fr. 10.5 ppg 2.7 apg Plano, Texas
G 12 Jackson Trapp 6-4 186 So. 9.1 ppg 3.8 rpg Orlando, Fla.
G 25 Pablo Bertone 6-4 198 Sr. 18.6 ppg 3.9 rpg Arroyito, Argentina
F 44 Kelvin Penn 6-6 233 Jr. 4.4 ppg 5.6 rpg Steilacoom, Wash.
C 11 Justin Raffington 6-9 245 Jr. 10.1 ppg 8.9 rpg Freiburg, Germany