March 1, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - With three games remaining in the regular season, the Conference USA standings are logged jammed in the middle and right in the midst of if all are Tulane and Tulsa as the two teams, tied for sixth-place, square off on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT in the Reynolds Center with a lot at stake.
The Green Wave (18-10, 6-7 C-USA) sit in the three way tie in the league standings with the Hurricane (14-13, 6-7) and UAB. The winner of Saturday's game will have an advantage in trying to secure the fifth and final bye for the upcoming Conference USA Championships.
Tulane Outlasts Tulsa for First Conference USA Win of the Year, 75-72
Tulane sophomore Ricky Tarrant and junior Josh Davis combined for four three throws in the final 0:39 and the Green Wave held off Tulsa for its first Conference USA victory of the year in a 75-72 thriller in front of 2,147 at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Tulsa has lost back-to-back games and has not played since last Saturday's loss at UCF.
"Despite having lost their last two, Tulsa is a very good team and we know this very well after our game last month," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We had to use the entire 40 minutes against them to pull out the win at home and now they have more experience under their belts and are playing at home. This will be a tough game for us and we will have to be ready to compete for the entire 40 minutes."
Tarrant and Josh David lead the Green Wave. Tarrant a sophomore guard, owns a league-best 18.5 points per game scoring average, while Davis, a junior forward, is posting 17.3 points and a conference-best 10.3 rebounds per game overall.
Freshman guard James Woodard leads Tulsa with 11.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
This will be the 15th meeting between the two schools. Tulsa owns a 9-5 series lead and had a five-game winning streak of Tulane snapped with the Green Wave's 75-72 victory on Jan. 19 in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Tulane travels East Carolina on Wednesday for the final road game of the regular season in a game set for a 6 p.m. Ct tip in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Tulane (18-10, 6-7 C-USA)
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-2 190 So. 16.4 ppg 2.9 rpg 3.3 apg
G 11 Kajon Mack 6-3 185 Fr. 1.8 ppg 1.2 rpg 0.5 apg
F 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 215 Sr. 7.5 ppg 4.5 rpg 2.1 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 Jr. 17.3 ppg 10.3 rpg 1.9 apg
C 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 So. 4.5 ppg 5.3 rpg 0.6 spg
Tulsa (14-13, 6-7 C-USA)
G 5 Tim Peete 6-4 200, Jr. 3.4 ppg 2.9 rpg
G 10 James Woodard 6-4 175 Fr. 11.8 ppg 5.6 rpg
G 11 Shaquille Harrison 6-3 175 Fr. 6.6 ppg 3.7 rpg
G 34 Scottie Haralson 6-4 230 Sr. 9.9 ppg 3.7 rpg
F 0 Kauri Black 6-8 218 Sr. 7.6 ppg 4.6 rpg