Nov. 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Looking to bounce back after last week's season opening loss at Georgia Tech, the Tulane men's basketball team begins the new era of the Devlin Fieldhouse on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT when they host Bethune-Cookman.
Tuesday's game is the first of four games Tulane is playing as part of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic. The Green Wave will also host Nebraska-Omaha on Friday, Chicago State on Sunday and then travel to Lincoln to face Nebraska on Nov. 21.
Junior forward Josh Davis led the Green Wave with a career and game-high 27 points, while sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant added 18. As a team, Tulane committed a school-record low four turnovers, but didn't have an answer for Georgia Tech's front court and was outrebounded, 47-23.
"This time of year you can make big strides if you bring the right focus and energy to practice and that is what we have done since Friday," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We need to get better and our players know that. We've got to take steps forward and we are always more concerned with ourselves especially this time of year. We need to get more guys into the rotation and more guys feeling comfortable. I want to see an improved effort on the defensive end and on the boards."
B-CU's senior guard Kevin Dukes led the Wildcats with 16 points last week, while junior forward Adrien Coleman added 12 points and seven rebounds.
"This game is going to be a heck of a challenge for us," Conroy added. "Early season match-ups are always intriguing. Bethune-Cookman won 18 games a year ago and has a lot of seniors guard and guys that can make 3-point shots. They do a great job of controlling the tempo and we are going to have our hands full."
This will be the second meeting between the two schools. Bethune-Cookman, a member of the MEAC, fell to Tulane, 97-66, on Dec. 28, 1994 in New Orleans in the only other meeting.
The Green Wave continues the home stand on Friday with a 12:30 p.m. CT game against Nebraska-Omaha in Devlin Fieldhouse. The game is Tulane's annual "School Day" where local schools are encouraged to bring their students to the game on a fieldtrip. For more information regarding the event contact Donald Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Season tickets for the 2012-13 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 2 adult and 2 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.