Men's Basketball Returns to Action



Nov. 19, 2001

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane men's basketball team will look to improve to 2-0 Tuesday night, hosting Centenary College in a non-league contest at Fogelman Arena at 7 p.m.

The Green Wave posted an 87-47 victory over next-door neighbor Loyola on Friday night, while Centenary comes into the game with a 1-0 record as well. The Gents topped East Texas Baptist, 87-67, on Saturday night.

In Tulane's season-opening win, its starting lineup buried 31-of-41 shots to key the 40-point victory. Junior Brandon Brown was the main weapon inside, scoring a career-high 22 points, on 11-of-13 shooting. He hit all nine of his shots in the first half. Directing the Wave for the first game in over a year was junior Waitari Marsh, who redshirted last season. Marsh posted 12 points, six rebounds, eight assists and seven steals.

"Wat had a phenomenal line for us on Friday," head coach Shawn Finney said. "It was special because he had a major impact, but it was silently done. If your point guard controls the game silently, you know he is doing his job. And Brandon Brown had a monster first half. He really controlled the game with his physical play."

Centenary enters Tuesday's game with a lineup which hopes to compensate for the loss of Ronnie McCollum, who led the nation in scoring in each of the last two years. The Gents have added six transfers to their roster to bolster the attack. Sophomore Andrew Wisniewski, a transfer from St. Peter's College, posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 assists in his Centenary debut.

"Centenary has a very athletic team that plays nine to 10 guys," Finney said on Tuesday's foe. "They will play a great quarter-court man-to-man defense, which will we have to work hard to execute against. I am looking forward to this next test."

Following Tuesday's contest, the Wave will have a short Thanksgiving break before hosting Norfolk State at Fogelman Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m.