Nov. 21, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After sweeping the season-opening three-game homestand, the Tulane men's basketball team hits the road for the first time of the 2011-12 season when they visit Navy for a 6 p.m. CT tip in Alumni Hall.
"It is always tough to go on the road in college basketball and never tougher when you have a group that has not been there before," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We are looking forward to it. The guys have got the right approach so let's see if we can come together and have a good performance."
The Green Wave (3-0) defeated Alabama A&M, Nicholls State and Maryland-Eastern Shore in the three home games. Tulane upended UMES, 73-52, in the last outing on Friday afternoon behind Josh Davis' third double double of the season and Kendall Timmons' 20-point performance.
Navy (2-2), a member of the Patriot League, has dropped two straight games, including a 78-54 loss at Quinnipiac on Saturday. The Midshipmen have only played on the four games this season at home, a 88-54 victory over Penn State-Altoona.
"Navy is very well coached," Conroy added. "Ed DeChellis is very successful and is coming over from Penn State so they are adapting to a new system. They have some talented players as well."
Timmons, a junior guard, leads the Green Wave with 18.7 points and 5.0 per game, while Davis, a sophomore forward, is posting 17.7 points and a team-high 11.0 boards per outing. Junior guard Jordan Callahan is also averaging in double figures with 11.0 points per game.
Tulane as a team is averaging 80.3 points per game and allowing just 55.0. The Green Wave is shooting 48.2 percent from the floor, including 23 of 63 3-pointers.
J.J. Avila, a sophomore forward, leads Navy with 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Jordan Sugars is posting 10.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a game.
Navy is posting 69.0 points per game and allowing 66.8. The Midshipmen is shooting 48.1 percent from the floor, including 22-77 from 3-point range.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools in basketball.
Tulane returns home to host the Hoops for Hope Classic Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Fogelman Arena and New Orleans Arena. Joining the Green Wave in the field are UNO, Alcorn State and San Diego. Friday and Saturday the games will be played in Fogelman and Sunday's Tulane vs. USD game will be played at New Orleans Arena.
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-1 180 Fr. 9.5 ppg 0.5 rpg 3.5 apg
G 5 Jordan Callahan 6-0 190 Jr. 11.5 ppg 2.0 rpg 2.0 apg
G 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 210 Jr. 18.0 ppg 3.0 rpg 2.5 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 So. 19.0 ppg 11.5 rpg 2.5 spg
F 15 Grant Fiorentinos 6-10 220 Fr. 4.5 ppg 4.5 rpg 1.0 apg
G 12 Jordan Brickman 5-11 193 Jr. 3.5 ppg 0.8 rpg 1.8 apg
G 22 Isaiah Roberts 6-1 175 So. 6.8 ppg 1.3 rpg 2.5 apg
G 25 Jordan Sugars 6-3 219 Sr. 10.8 ppg 5.5 rpg 2.0 apg
F 3 James Loupos 6-6 192 So. 4.3 ppg 1.8 rpg .500 FG%
F 31 J.J. Avila 6-7 246 So. 12.0 ppg 6.0 rpg 3.5 apg