March 21, 2013
Tulane gets first postseason tourney win in 17 years
Given a second chance, Josh Davis made absolutely sure Tulane seniors Kendall Timmons and Jordan Callahan left Devlin Fieldhouse as winners on Wednesday night.
After a heartbreaking end to Senior Night against Houston a week-and-a-half earlier, Davis broke South Alabama's will in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com tournament with a series of sensational plays at important moments. He finished with 26 points -one off his career high -- as Tulane never trailed and led for all but the first 64 seconds, beating the Jaguars 84-73 in front of 1,682 fans.
It was Tulane's first postseason tournament game since 2000 and first postseason victory since the NIT third-place contest in 1996.
"I just played as hard as I could," Davis said. "This is real exciting for the Tulane program. I appreciate all the fans coming out to support us as well."
The Green Wave did not know its second-round opponent or the date of its next game after sending South Alabama home. The CIT has no bracket, setting up the next matchups at the end of each round. Hawaii was set to tip off against Air Force in the final game at midnight central time.
For now, though, the Green Wave just wanted to bask in the glow of a home victory that Houston snatched away in the last few seconds on March 9.
""Coach (Ed Conroy) just told us in the locker room he was glad that he was able to get me and Jordan off the court how we were supposed to on Senior Night," Timmons said. "It was a great feeling tonight. Things happened that should have happened on Senior Night, but I'm glad they happened before I got out of here."
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