December 1, 2012
Commentary: Wave has to find way out of shooting slump
Tulane forward Josh Davis scored three quick baskets before picking up his second foul with 14:55 left and sitting out the rest of the first half against Navy. The struggling Green Wave looked absolutely lost offensively without him.
Tulane beat Navy 51-41 on Saturday at Devlin Fieldhouse, but coach Ed Conroy and his staff have a lot of work ahead of them as they try to fix the Green Wave's scoring woes.
Simply put, the Wave goes long stretches where it can't buy a basket.
Saturday was another example. Without Davis, Tulane had only three field goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half, and all three came from reserve guard Ben Cherry. They went nearly six minutes from Jordan Callahan's 3-pointer with 15:26 left to Cherry's high arching bank shot off a drive at the 9:44 mark. They followed immediately with a drought of more than six minutes before Cherry sank a 3 with 3:15 left.
This was nothing new. Freshman sensation Ricky Tarrant is in a sophomore shooting slump. He entered Saturday's game shooting 36.9 percent from the floor and missed all nine of his shots against Navy.
"I'm not really concerned," he said. "This is the beginning of the season, so we're starting to get into the flow of the game."
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