Nov. 28, 2013
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - Looking to snap a two-game losing skid, the Tulane men's basketball team will face Texas State on Friday at 4 p.m. CT as the Cure UCD Classic continues at the Puerto Vallarta Convention Center.
The international trip for the Green Wave (4-2) is the first in the regular season since the 1996-97 team played in the Puerto Rico Shootout and Friday's game will be the first game in Mexico in the program's history.
"This is a fabulous opportunity for our guys. This is a beautiful place and they are certainly enjoying it," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "But, our guys know, especially after the last two games, that we have a lot of work to do and this is a business trip and we are working hard to improve on the things we need to improve on."
Tulane fell to Colgate at home on Tuesday night, 98-86, and also dropped a 91-86 overtime decision to Northern Kentucky last Saturday night. The Green Wave are 1-1 in the Cure UCD Classic, including the loss to NKU and a win over Cedarville.
Texas State (0-5), a member of the Sun Belt Conference, is coming off a home loss to South Dakota, 57-56, on Monday night. Friday will be the Bobcats' first game of the Cure UCD Classic.
Louis Dabney leads Tulane with a 20.8 points per game average, including his 31-point performance against Colgate. Jay Hook adds 19.2 points and a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game, while Jonathan State is scoring 18.7 points an outing.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 76.5 points per game while shooting 43.1 percent from the floor. Tulane also is hitting 36.9 percent from three-point range and 70.6 percent from the free throw line.
Joel Wright leads Texas State with 16.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The Bobcats as a team average just 59.4 points per contest and are shooting 40.5 percent from the floor.
Friday's game will be the first meeting between the two schools.
NKU and Southeast Missouri will also play on Friday in the Cure UCD Classic. That game will follow Tulane's contest against Texas State. The classic will continue on Saturday when the Green Wave face SEMO at 4 p.m. CT and Texas State will battle NKU in the second game.
G 2 Jonathan Stark 6-0 160 Fr. 18.7 ppg 2.2 rpg 5.1 apg Munford, Tenn.
G 0 Louis Dabney 6-3 210 So. 20.8 ppg 6.8 rpg 1.7 apg New Orleans, La.
G 24 Jay Hook 6-3 178 Jr. 19.2 ppg 8.8 rpg 56.7 3FG Waco, Texas
F 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 Jr. 8.0 ppg 8.8 rpg 0.5 bpg Baton Rouge, La.
F 15 Kevin Thomas 6-9 225 Sr. 1.0 ppg 1.0 rpg 0.6 bpg Waco, Texas
Texas State 0-5
G 0 Phil Hawkins 6-0 195 Sr. 7.2 ppg 2.8 rpg Washington, D.C.
G 10 Wesley Davis 6-3 185 Jr. 8.4 ppg 3.0 rpg Arlington, Texas
F 3 Reid Koenen 6-7 200 Sr. 5.2 ppg 4.2 rpg Racine, Wis.
F 21 Emani Gant 6-8 225 So. 9.2 ppg 5.2 rpg Los Angeles, Calif.
F 25 Joel Wright 6-7 225 Sr. 16.8 ppg 6.4 rpg Brooklyn, N.Y.