Nov. 18, 2009
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Tulane's basketball team hits the road for the first time this season and will face Miami (Fla.) to open the 2009 Charleston Classic on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CST in Carolina First Arena on the campus of the College of Charleston.
The game will be aired live on CSS TV and broadcast live on the Tulane Sports Marketing Radio Network (WIST 690 AM in New Orleans).
The Green Wave (0-1) hosted then-No. 20 Georgetown last Friday to open the season last Friday. The Hoyas defeated Tulane 74-58. Kris Richard led Tulane with 15 points, while David Booker added 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Miami (2-0) is coming off victories over North Carolina Central and Nova Southeastern. The Hurricanes, out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, are led by senior guard James Dews with 13.5 points per game and senior forward Dwayne Collins with 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per outing.
"This tournament is a great situation for us to be in," Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "There are great coaches here and great players here, but for us this is just our second game of the year. Leaving this tournament on Sunday we will know a lot about this basketball team."
Richard, a junior guard, leads Tulane with 15.0 points per game, while Booker, a junior forward, has scored 14.0 points and grabbed 9.0 rebounds per contest.
"Our goal for this tournament and especially against Miami is to play consistent basketball offensively and defensively," Dickerson added. "We need our top four or five players to play well too."
Tulane comes into the game shooting 40.8 percent from the floor, including 22.2 percent from 3-point land. Miami enters the game averaging 95.5 points in the first two games. The Hurricanes are shooting 55.1 percent from the field, including a 46.9 percent clip from behind the arc.
This will be the ninth meeting between the two programs and the first since a 93-60 Miami win on March 3, 1990 in Coral Gables. The series is tied 4-4 with Tulane's last victory coming on Jan. 29, 1970 in New Orleans. This will be the first meeting between the two schools on a neutral floor.
The winner of Thursday's game will face the winner of the Penn State/UNC Wilmington game on Friday at 2 p.m. CST. The losers of the games will square off at 11:30 a.m. CST on Friday.
The annual tournament also features first-round games between USF vs. Davidson and LaSalle vs. South Carolina.
TULANE GREEN WAVE
G 0 Kris Richard 6-5 180 Jr. 15.0 ppg 4.0 rpg 1.0 apg
G 1 Kevin Sims 5-10 169 Sr. 3.0 ppg 1.0 rpg 3.0 apg
G 20 Aaron Holmes 6-5 195 Jr. 8.0 ppg 3.0 rpg 2.0 spg
F 25 Geoff Hogan 6-6 220 Jr. 2.0 ppg 2.0 rpg 1.0 spg
F 4 Asim McQueen 6-7 240 Sr. 7.0 ppg 1.0 rpg 1.0 spg
G 23 James Dews 6-4 213 Sr. 13.5 ppg 2.0 rpg 1.0 apg
G 1 Durand Scott 6-3 195 Fr. 9.0 ppg 4.5 rpg 9.0 apg
F 20 Cyrus McGowan 6-9 237 Sr. 7.5 ppg 4.0 rpg 1.0 spg
F 21 Dwayne Collins 6-8 241 Sr. 10.5 ppg 7.5 rpg 0.5 apg
F 31 DeQuan Jones 6-6 219 So. 7.0 ppg 3.5 rpg 1.0 spg