December 19, 2012
After slow start, Green Wave rolls behind Josh Davis
Josh Davis' perfect second half helped Tulane improve to a perfect 8-0 at Devlin Fieldhouse.
With students on Christmas break, the Green Wave (8-3) did little to energize a quiet crowd Wednesday night at the Tulane Classic before Davis took over. He hit all nine of shots after the break and scored 11 of his game-high 23 points during a 14-0 run that extended a 36-32 lead to 50-32, repeatedly driving for lay-ups against the overmatched Broncs, (4-8), who had no starter taller than 6-7 and only one taller than 6-5.
Davis finished four points shy of the career-high 27 he scored against Georgia Tech in the season opener, and Tulane won 76-49 while shooting 66.7 percent in the second half. This, after the Wave shot 37.5 percent in the first half, when Davis had only four points and sat out several minutes with two fouls.
"To start off the game we weren't as physical as we needed to be," Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. "We got the ball inside one time, and then for some reason we got away from it. Josh was finding it, and then the fouls put him on the bench. I told him at halftime go back to right where you were before you got that second half. He was being aggressive and physical, and that's what he did in the second half. He played with confidence and without fear."
Tulane (7-3) plays Pepperdine (7-4), which beat Alabama State earlier Wednesday, on Thursday night at 7 p.m. to conclude the Classic.
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