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February 24, 2013HOUSTON - Ricky Tarrant's 30 points and Josh Davis' 23 points-16 rebounds performance led the Tulane men's basketball team to an 89-64 victory over Rice on Saturday night in a Conference USA contest at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Green Wave improved to 18-9 overall, the most wins in a season since the 1999-00 team posted a 20-11 mark. Tulane also improved to 6-6 in conference play, the most conference wins since the 2008-09 team won seven.
Tarrant scored 23 of his game-high 30 in the second half and drained a career-high tying six 3-pointers in the game. Davis had nine of his 16 rebounds in the final 20 minutes and had 13 of his 23 points in the second.
Tarrant opened the game by hitting one of his six 3-pointers to give Tulane the early lead and the Green Wave never trailed in the game.
Tulane used a 12-0 run early in the game to break it open and led 20-5 with 11:26 left in the first half. The Green Wave built as much as a 17-point margin in the opening 20 minutes and led 36-25 at the break.
Rice (5-21, 1-11 C-USA) was able to cut the deficit down to seven, 46-39, after a 3-pointer by Julian Debose, but Tulane answered with a 9-3 run to retake a double figure lead, one they would not relinquish.
The Green Wave shot 49.1 percent from the floor in the game, including 50.0 percent in the second half. Tulane also knocked down nine-of-17 from 3-point range and drained 24-of-33 from the free throw line.
Rice shot just 43.2 percent from the floor and committed 14 turnovers. Tulane's defense also collected 10 steals, including five from freshman Kajon Mack.
Mack also added six points and five rebounds in the victory.
The Owls were led by Max Guercy and Tamir Jackson with 19 points each.
Tulane will host UAB in Devlin Fieldhouse on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT in the second to last home game of the regular season.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in tonight's game with his 23. He now has scored in double figures in 25 games this season and in 44 games in his career.
- Davis pulled down 16 rebounds tonight, marking his 15th double digit rebound game of the season and 31st of his career.
- Davis collected his 15th double double of the season and the 27th of his career with his 23 points and 16 rebounds tonight.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in tonight's game with his 30. He now has scored in double figures in 22 games this season and in 46 games in his career. Tarrant's 30 point total also gives him 20-plus points for the eighth game this season and 17th game of his career. Tarrant hit the 30-plus point mark for the third time of his career.