Tulane (2-1) vs. Nicholls State (1-0)
Wed., Nov. 24, 1999, 7 p.m. (CST)
Fogelman Arena (3,600)
Game Data: Tulane (2-1) looks to win its second consecutive game, and third of the year, as the team hosts Nicholls State (1-0) ... Tulane has a cumulative record of 155-140 against Louisiana schools ... Since the 1990-91 season, Tulane has a 21-6 (.778) record in the month of November ... Tulane’s 23 assists on Sunday were the most by the Green Wave in 38 games.
On the Air: The Tulane Basketball Network will broadcast every Tulane regular season game. The flagship station is 50,000 watt WWL-AM 870 in New Orleans. “Voice of the Green Wave” Ken Berthelot is in his 11th year of calling the action. Tonight game will also be televised by the College Sports Southeast (CSSE) network. Doug Greengard will handle the play-by-play, while Curtis Amann will add color commentary.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his 11th year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 167-135 (.553). Clark has guided Tulane to five 20-win seasons, six postseason appearances (3 NCAA, 3 NIT) and the Metro Conference championship in 1992. He was the 1992 National Coach of the Year and a two-time Metro Conference Coach of the Year (1991, 1992). Only one other coach in school history has more wins or a longer tenure. He is assisted by Anthony Anderson, Greg Gary and Brock Kantrow. Clark is 8-0 against Nicholls State.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 13th meting of the two schools with Tulane holding a 12-0 advantage in the series, which dates back to December of 1981. The Wave captured last season’s meeting, 77-72, on Nov. 24, 1998, in Fogelman Arena. Tulane has a 10-0 record in series games played in New Orleans, 2-0 in Thibodaux, and 0-0 in neutral-site games. Tulane and Nicholls State have met in each of the last four seasons. For more series information, please see page 75 of the Tulane media guide.
Last Time Out: Four Tulane players finished in double figures, led by Sterling Davis’ 18 points, as the Green Wave breezed by Prairie View A&M, 88-59. Playing its third game in five days, Tulane managed to shoot 55.4 percent from the field and outrebound the Panthers, 41-35. Waitari Marsh passed out a career-high 12 assists, which was one shy of the school record and Wade Mason scored a career-best 17 points.
Scouting Nicholls State: The Colonels enter play this evening with a 1-0 record after defeating Centenary, 55-52, in its season opener last Saturday. Junior Terence McCutcheon was the only NSU player in double figures with 16 points. As a team, Nicholls shot 44 percent from the field and was outrebounded 36-25. The Colonels return three starters from last season’s 14-15 club.
On the Glass: One constant through the first three games of the year has been Tulane’s rebounding. The Wave has outrebounded all three opponents and currently carries a +9.7 rebound margin. Dating back to last year, Tulane has outrebounded eight of its last 11 opponents.
Playing Well: Senior forward Sterling Davis continues to lead this team offensively, as he is averaging 20.3 points while shooting .600 from the floor and .850 from the line. His current scoring average is 14.6 points higher than his career average. Incidentally, Davis has scored in double figures in his last eight games.
Sharing the Wealth: Sophomore Waitari Marsh passed out a career-high 12 assists in the win over Prairie View A&M. It was one assist shy of the school record and the most assists by a Tulane player in nearly six years. On the year, Marsh has 27 assists and just 14 turnovers.
Zero for 17: Senior Wade Mason posted a breakout game against Prairie View on Sunday, scoring a career-high 17 points. He also set career highs in field goals (7) and three-pointers (3), which was his seventh career double-figure game.
On the Board: Freshman Brandon Spann scored his first collegiate points in the win on Sunday, totaling 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. The New Orleans native also picked up three assists and three steals in 20 minutes of action.
Tulane will next be in action on Tuesday, Nov. 30, as the squad travels to Richmond,
Va., for a game with Virginia Commonwealth. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CST.