Men's Basketball Saturday Matinee vs. Navy



Nov. 30, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS - After winning the first five games in the newly restored Devlin Fieldhouse, the Tulane men's basketball team looks to remain perfect at home when they host Navy at 3 p.m. Ct on Saturday.

The Green Wave (5-2) extended its home winning streak to five on Tuesday night with a 69-57 victory over cross-campus foe Loyola.

Navy (4-4) enters the game having won back-to-back games for the first time since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. The Midshipmen, a member of the Patriot League, defeated Delaware State, 63-53, last Saturday and beat visiting IUPUFW, 54-49, on Wednesday night.

The Last Meeting
November 22, 2011
Annapolis, Md.
Green Wave Edge Navy, 57-55, in Thriller
Tulane men's basketball team moved to 4-0 on the young season in thrilling fashion Tuesday night when the Green Wave edged Navy, 57-55, at Alumni Hall.

"Coach DeChellis is an outstanding veteran coach and they gave us fits last year with all the different defenses and the things they execute on offense," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "This Navy team is improved from last year and they execute a lot of different things well so you have to make a lot of adjustments as the game goes on. They do a fantastic job of controlling the pace of the game and we will have to be mentally tough and have a complete performance on Saturday."

Navy is averaging 58.0 points per game, but allows opponents just 53.4 points per outing. They are shooting 39.5 percent from the floor, but have connected on 34.8 percent from 3-point range.

The Midshipmen don't have a player averaging in double figures, but are led in scoring by sophomore guard Brandon Venturini's 9.6 points per game, while freshman guard Tilman Dunbar is posting 9.4 points and 5.4 assists per contest.

Tulane enters Saturday averaging 67.9 points per game, while holding opponents to 50.0 points per outing. The Green Wave are shooting 40.5 percent from the floor and have knocked down 36.4 percent from 3-point land.

Junior forward Josh Davis leads the way individually with 18.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game and has collected a double double in each of the last five games. Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant is posting 15.0 points and contest and senior guard Jordan Callahan is adding 12.1.

This will be the second meeting between the two schools. Tulane defeated Navy, 57-52, on Nov. 22, 2011 in Annapolis, Md., in the only other meeting.

The Green Wave will close out the four-game homestand on Tuesday when they host Nicholls State at 7 p.m. CT in Devlin Fieldhouse.

Tulane (5-2)
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-2 190 So. 15.0 ppg 3.0 rpg 2.6 apg
G 5 Jordan Callahan 6-0 190 Sr. 12.1 ppg 2.6 rpg 1.7 apg
F 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 215 Sr. 9.0 ppg 5.4 rpg 1.9 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 Jr. 18.9 ppg 11.3 rpg 2.9 apg
C 41 TomáÂ? Brůha 7-0 235 Jr. 3.3 ppg 2.6 rpg 0.4 spg

Navy (4-4)
F 3 James Loupos 6-6 197 Jr. 2.8 ppg 2.3 rpg
F 21 Worth Smith 6-6 203 So. 8.1 ppg 5.0 rpg
G 10 Tilman Dunbar 5-10 153 Fr. 9.4 ppg 5.4 apg
G 11 Thurgood Wynn 6-3 184 Jr. 4.9 ppg 4.3 rpg
G 33 Brandon Venturini 6-0 180 So. 9.6 ppg 2.8 rpg