Tulane (6-1) at Lamar (2-2)
Sat., Dec. 11, 1999, 7:15 p.m.
Montagne Center (10,080), Beaumont, Texas
Game Data: Tulane (6-1) concludes this week?s Texas two-step with its fist-ever trip to the Montagne Center to take on Lamar (2-2) ... A win tonight would be the Wave?s sixth consecutive ... Nine of the 10 players on Tulane?s roster have at least one double-figure scoring game this season ... Tulane has scored at least 80 points in eight of its last 11 wins ... Wednesday?s win was TU?s first of the year when trailing with five minutes to go in regulation ... In the Perry Clark era, Tulane is 44-29 (.603) in December.
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. Joining Berthelot on the home broadcasts will be color analyst Curtis Amann. At least six of Tulane?s regular season games will be televised this season. Three appearances are scheduled for the ESPN family, two for CSSE and one for Fox Sports South.
Tulane Head Coach Perry Clark: Perry Clark is in his 11th year as the Green Wave head coach with a record of 171-135 (.559). 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 1-0 against Lamar.
The Series: Tonight?s contest is the second meeting of the two schools with Tulane holding a 1-0 series advantage. The Green Wave won the series debut, 78-72, on Dec. 12 last year in New Orleans. Tulane has a 1-0 record in series games played in New Orleans, 0-0 in Beaumont, and 0-0 in neutral-site games.
Last Time Out: The Green Wave overcame a 10-point, second half deficit and earned a 64-60 overtime win against Texas A&M. Keyed by seniors Sterling Davis (22 points) and Dylan Osean (14), the duo combined to score 13 of Tulane?s 14 points in OT. The Wave held the Aggies to just 20.8 percent shooting in the second half and used a 20-10 run late in the game to send the contest into the extra session. The win was Tulane?s fifth straight.
Scouting Lamar: Lamar enters play this evening riding with a record of 2-2 after a 69-43 loss at San Francisco on Nov. 30. As a team, the Cardinals shoot just 38.1 percent from the field and are being outrebounded the opposition by 2.8 rebounds per game. Individually, three players average in double figures, led by Landon Rowe?s 11.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game averages. Kenyon Spears (10.8) and Thaydeus Holden (10.5) also carry double-figure scoring averages.
Coming From Behind: Wednesday?s game marked the first time this season that the Wave had trailed at halftime. On the year, Tulane is outscoring opponents by an average of 8.3 points in the first half (38.0-29.7).
Senior Leadership: The trio of four-year seniors (Sterling Davis, Morris Jordan and Dylan Osean) have done a wonderful job this season of leading by example. On the year, they have compiled 51 percent of the scoring (277 of 546), 36 percent of the rebounding (99 of 278) and shoot a combined 53.6 percent (105-of-196) from the field. Each carries a scoring average in double figures as well.
Clamping Down: Tulane has proven to be a stingy defensive team this season. Through seven games this year, the Wave is allowing just 61.1 points per game. That figure is the lowest seven-game total in the Perry Clark era and the lowest on record since 1984 (61.0). The Wave has allowed 61 points or less in five of the seven games this season.
A Strong Presence: Sophomore Linton Johnson continues to play a key role in the Green Wave success. In Wednesday?s win, the Chicago native grabbed six rebounds in just 16 minutes of action. Johnson, one of the team?s best rebounders, ranks third on the squad with 33 rebounds despite playing at least five less minutes per game than the team leaders. If Johnson played 40 minutes per game, he would average 12.2 rebounds per game.
On the Perimeter: Senior Dylan Osean has gotten off to a good start this season, as witnessed by his performance against Texas A&M. The Bedford, Texas, native scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, including five in the overtime period. For the game, Osean hit 4-of-7 shots and all four of his free throws (including two in OT to clinch the victory). On the year, Osean is shooting 56.3 percent from the floor (27-of-48), 47.8 percent from 3-point range (11-of-23) and is averaging 11.6 points. Each of those figures is on pace to be a career high. He has yet to miss a free throw this season (16-for-16).
Steal Away: Senior guard Marlo Miles collected a season-high four steals in the win over Texas A&M and helped the Wave collect 12 steals as a team, its second-best total of the season. Tulane is averaging 11.0 steals per game this season.
The Wave will have the next 11 days off due to final exams. Tulane is next in action on
Wed., Dec. 22, as the team hosts North Carolina State. Tip-off in the New Orleans
Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m. CST.