February 16, 2013

Jordan Callahan hits six 3s to set career record in Tulane win

Jordan Callahan chose the sweetest way to go into the Tulane record books.

He did not break Jerrold Honeycutt's mark for career 3-pointers by hitting a meaningless shot in the middle of a poor performance. He did it by tying his personal best for treys in a game, draining six big ones to lead the Green Wave to a pivotal victory over SMU in front of his family on Saturday afternoon at Devlin Fieldhouse.

Callahan hit three treys in less than 90 seconds during the second half as Tulane made five of its first six 3-point shots of the second half to pull away from the Mustangs and win 78-67. The Wave never cooled down from outside, sinking nine of its 13 attempts from behind the arc after the break.

Callahan has connected on 196 treys, three more than the number former leader Jerrold Honeycutt hit from 1993-97. He finished with 20 points, the most he has scored in a Conference USA game since 2011.

"It's a nice feeling doing it in front of a home crowd," said Callahan, a product of Marietta, Ga. "My mom, my parents and my auntie came out, so it was good to get it in this game. I just knew this was a game we needed to win. They (SMU) got us last time, so it was a statement for us to say that we are better."

Ricky Tarrant added 25 points for Tulane (17-9, 5-6 Conference USA), including a nifty play when he inbounded the ball off the back of SMU's Shawn Williams and laid it in during the second half. Tulane went with three- and four-guard lineups most of the way against the tall, athletic Mustangs (13-13, 3-8), working the ball inside and passing out for 3s repeatedly.

Callahan, who has come off the bench the last five games after starting 85 in a row, benefitted the most.

"Jordan's a great shooter," Tarrant said. "It's not really that surprising to me. We were kind of struggling in the first half, and energy, not just from scoring but on the defensive end, really helped us."

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