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March 6, 2013GREENVILLE, N.C. - In a game for the ages, the Tulane men's basketball team fell to host East Carolina, 88-85, on Wednesday night in a Conference USA contest at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
The instant classic featured a 23-point, career-high 16-rebound game from Green Wave (18-12, 6-9 C-USA) junior Josh Davis, a 20-point, eight-assist performance by sophomore Ricky Tarrant, 17 points and five 3-pointers from senior Jordan Callahan and a career-high 11 points from freshman Louis Dabney.
Tulane as a team shot 54.5 percent from the floor that included nine-of-13 from 3-point range.
The game also saw East Carolina's (17-11, 8-7 C-USA) Maurice Kemp pour in 29 points and Miguel Paul collected 11 points and 11 assists.
The Pirates shot 49.1 percent from the, including 14-of-28 from 3-point land.
ECU's final 3-pointer of the game was the biggest of the night for either team. Akeem Richmond drained his fifth on the night with 1:58 remaining that gave the Pirates an 84-82 lead. That lead change was the 13th and final one.
"If this game was on TV tonight, it would be an instant classic," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "That was one of the finest basketball games. Two teams competed and went back and forth and back and forth. Anyone it the building tonight knew they just watched something really special. This was a special effort tonight by both teams"
Tulane's Davis missed a pair of free throws with 0:19 remaining that could have knotted the game back up and Richmond then knocked down both of his free throws a second later that put ECU up, 86-82.
Tarrant drained his third 3-pointer of the game with 0:07 left that cut the deficit to 86-85, but Paul hit a pair of free throws with 0:04 remaining that iced the victory for the Pirates.
Tulane jumped out of the gate early and held a 12-3 lead less than five minutes into the game. The Green Wave led until ECU took their first lead, 25-24, on a Richmond 3-pointer with 7:23 left in the half. Tulane eventually regained the lead with 1:42 left on a Davis lay-up and led 41-40 at the break.
ECU scored the first five points of the half to retake the lead, but Tulane chipped back to tie the score at 45-45. The Pirates then used an 11-0 run over a two and half minute stretch to take the only double digit lead of the game by either team.
The Green Wave didn't go away and fought back to eventually tie and then retake the lead by outscoring the Pirates, 27-15, over the next eight minutes of the game. Tulane led, 71-70, with 7:19 left. The game saw seven lead changes and two ties from that point before ECU took the lead for good with 1:58 remaining.
In addition to the four double figure scorers, Tulane's Tre Drye and Ben Cherry each added seven points, while Drye pulled down six of the Green Wave's 38 rebounds. ECU managed just 22 boards, led by Kemp's nine.
Tulane closes out the regular season with Senior Night on Saturday when Houston visits Devlin Fieldhouse for a 7 p.m. CT tip. Seniors Jordan Callahan and Kendall Timmons will be honored prior to the start of the game.
- Senior guard Jordan Callahan reached double figures in tonight's game with his 17. He now has scored in double figures in 15 games this season and in 66 games in his career.
- Callahan hit five 3-pointers in tonight's game, giving the senior 71, giving him the second most 3-pointers in a single season in Tulane history. Callahan passed Jerald Honeycutt's 1996-97 season when he made 68.
- Junior forward Josh Davis reached double figures in tonight's game with his 23. He now has scored in double figures in 27 games this season and in 46 games in his career.
- Davis pulled down 16 rebounds tonight, marking his 17th double digit rebound game of the season and 33rd of his career. His ?? rebounds are a career-high.
- Davis collected his 16th double double of the season and the 28th of his career with his 23 points and 16 rebounds tonight. He had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant reached double figures in tonight's game with his 20. He now has scored in double figures in 25 games this season and in 49 games in his career.
- Freshman Louis Dabney scored a career-high 11 points in tonight's game. His first double figure scoring game of his career.
- Tulane's nine 3-pointers in tonight's game gave the team 189 made 3-pointers this season, the second most by a Green Wave team in a single season.