March 1, 2014
MIAMI, Fla. - In the second to last regular season game, the Tulane men's basketball team visits Conference USA newcomer FIU on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at the U.S. Century Bank Arena.
The Green Wave (16-13, 8-6 C-USA) sit tied for sixth in the conference standings with two games remaining. Tulane, who defeated Florida Atlantic, 72-64, at home on Wednesday night, has secured a first-round bye in the C-USA Championships in El Paso, Texas, in two weeks.
FIU (13-16, 5-9 C-USA) sits in a four-way tie for 10th place in the league standings. The Panthers fell at Southern Miss, 78-66, on Thursday night.
"FIU is a very athletic team and will be hungry for a win on their senior day," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Our guys will need to continue to play better and keep improving. We don't want to settle with what we've accomplished this year. We still have a long way to go and that begins on Sunday in Miami."
FIU will honor six seniors prior to Sunday's game, including starting forwards and top two scorers Rakeem Buckles and Tymell Murphy. Murphy is posting 16.7 points per game, while Buckles is averaging 13.4 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game.
Tulane is led by the trio of guards that each scored in doubles figures in the win over FAU on Wednesday. Louis Dabney is averaging 16.4 points per game after his 18-point performance against the Owls. Jonathan Stark is scoring 14.2 points per outing after posting 21 points against FAU and Jay Hook is adding 14.1 points a contest after hitting for 17 on Wednesday.
This will be first meeting between the two schools. FIU joined C-USA after a stint in the Sun Belt Conference. Tulane is playing in its final season in the league before heading to the American Athletic Conference in July.
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.
Tulane (16-13, 8-6 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
FIU (13-16, 5-9 C-USA)
G 4 Cody Mann 6-0 160 So. 5.6 ppg 1.9 rpg Miami, Fla.
G 22 Dennis Mavin 6-3 183 Jr. 11.6 ppg 4.1 rpg Gainesville, Fla.
F 3 Jerome Frink 6-6 220 So. 5.8 ppg 2.4 rpg Jersey City, N.J.
F 5 Rakeem Buckles 6-7 215 Sr. 13.4 ppg 8.6 rpg Miami, Fla.
F 15 Tymell Murphy 6-5 210 Sr. 16.7 ppg 7.4 rpg Brooklyn, N.Y.