March 2, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Trent Rogers and Dan Monckton will be playing their final regular season game in Fogelman Arena on Saturday when the senior duo and the rest of the Tulane men's basketball team hosts East Carolina at 7 p.m. CT in the regular season finale.
Rogers, a fourth-year senior, and Monckton, a senior that transferred in from Penn, will be honored in a ceremony prior to tip off.
The Green Wave (15-14, 3-12 C-USA) and ECU (13-15, 4-11 C-USA) are playing for seeding in next week's Conference USA Tournament. A Tulane victory would give them the No. 10 seed, while a loss will slide the Green Wave down to 12th. The Pirates, coming off a victory over Marshall on Wednesday, will either be the 10th or 11th seed.
Freshman Ricky Tarrant lead Tulane with 15.2 points per game and, despite being held scoreless for the first time of his career against Houston, still leads the conference is scoring in league game with 18.3 per outing. Jordan Callahan is also in double figures with 11.9 points per contest, while Josh Davis is posting 11.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game after coming off his 12th double double of the season with 22 points and 12 boards at Houston.
ECU is led by junior guard Miguel Paul with 15.3 points and a conference-high 5.8 assists per game. Darrius Morrow is adding 13.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
The Pirates average 68.7 points per game and are outscoring opponents by an average of 3.6 points per game.
"They are big and strong inside and that's cause for concern," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "But, six of their eight guys that play a lot have made double figures in threes so they are a team that has an inside threat and have a number of guys that can get it going from the perimeter."
Tulane averaged 65.1 points per game and allows just 61.1 points a contest.
This will be the 15th meeting between the two schools. Tulane owns a 9-5 series lead despite ECU's three straight wins against the Green Wave. Tulane also owns a 6-1 series lead in games played in New Orleans.
Tulane will travel to Memphis for the C-USA Tournament that gets underway on Wednesday. The Green Wave will either play at 2:30 p.m. CT or 9 p.m. CT depending on the outcome of the ECU game.
Tulane (15-14, 3-12 C-USA)
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-1 180 Fr. 15.2 ppg 3.8 rpg 3.3 apg
G 3 Trent Rogers 6-3 170 Sr. 3.9 ppg 1.6 rpg 2.3 apg
G 5 Jordan Callahan 6-0 190 Jr. 11.9 ppg 3.1 rpg 2.2 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 So. 11.0 ppg 9.4 rpg 2.3 apg
F 20 Kevin Thomas 6-9 225 So. 2.5 ppg 1.8 rpg 57.1 FG%
ECU (13-15, 4-11 C-USA)
G 0 Miguel Paul 6-3 180 Jr. 15.3 ppg 2.0 rpg 5.8 apg
G 20 Shamarr Bowden 6-4 170 Jr. 8.3 ppg 1.3 rpg 68.2 FT%
G 23 Erin Straughn 6-6 205 Jr. 5.4 ppg 4.5 rpg 1.3 apg
F 1 Darrius Morrow 6-8 245 Sr. 13.7 ppg 6.1 rpg 1.2 bpg
F 12 Robert Sampson 6-8 215 So. 5.3 ppg 5.1 rpg 0.5 bpg