Nov. 7, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - They've been practicing since Sept. 27 and they've won their lone exhibition game, but on Friday night, the Tulane men's basketball team tips off the 2013-14 season for real when they host New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) at 8 p.m. CT at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse.
The game, the second half of a double header with the Tulane women's team, can be heard live on Tulane IMG Sports Network (WMTI 106.1 FM "The Ticket" in the New Orleans area) and will be streamed online at www.tulanegreenwave.com.
The athletic department will host a tailgating party outside Devlin Fieldhouse starting at 4:30 p.m. CT and will have free hot dogs and drinks. The tailgate will end approximately the time of the women's tip off.
Tulane is coming off the only exhibition game of the season when they defeated cross-campus foe Loyola, 103-74, on Sunday night. Sophomore Louis Dabney led the way with 24 points, while junior Jay Hook had 19 points and freshman Jonathan Stark added 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
"I was pleased with our guys attitude and approach against Loyola," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "I know we made a lot of mistakes. It is early in the year and we saw a lot of things that we need to work on, but we played with consistent effort and energy throughout.
"I'm anxious to see our guys and how they show improvement from the first game to the next," Conroy said. "Now that we've had a taste of college basketball, I'm looking to see these young guys take another jump."
Tulane's roster consists of eight freshman, two sophomores, two juniors and three seniors.
NJIT, located in Newark, N.J., claimed the Great West regular season title last season with a 6-2 mark and went 16-13 overall. The Highlanders are an independent this season and are led by fifth-year head coach Jim Engles.
This will be the first meeting between the two programs.
Tulane is 73-30 overall in season openers and have four of the last six, including two of three under Conroy. The Green Wave last opened the season at home in 2011-12 with a 72-63 victory over Alabama State.
The Green Wave will hit the road for the first time in 2013-14 for the next outing when they travel down I-10 to Baton Rouge to face Southern on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 Tulane men's basketball season will cost $250 for reserved courtside, $125 for adult baseline, $50 for youth baseline and $300 for the "Family 4 Pack" which includes two adult and two youth tickets. 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.