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November 17, 2012

Tulane 76, Nebraska Omaha 52

Jordan Callahan's career-high 27 points and a 17-point, 11-rebound performance from Josh Davis led the Tulane men's basketball team to a 76-52 victory over Nebraska Omaha in a rare Friday afternoon game in front of 2,637 at Devlin Fieldhouse.

"This was such a fun afternoon," Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. "I loved seeing the young kids smiling and cheering for the Green Wave."

Tulane (2-1) held the annual "School Day at Tulane" where local schools brought their students to the game on a fieldtrip.

With the victory, the Green Wave moved to 2-0 in the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic and will host Chicago State at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday as part of the classic before traveling to Lincoln, Neb., to face the Cornhuskers on Wednesday to conclude the four game event.

Omaha (1-3) lost for the second straight game and will face Nebraska on Sunday.

Tulane scored the first points of the game 15 seconds in on a lay-up by Davis and held the lead throughout. Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant, who finished with 10 points, knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Green Wave up 5-0. The Mavericks scored the next two points, but then never got closer than four points the rest of the way.

Tulane led 35-21 at the break and held a double digit lead throughout the entire second half.

Callahan, a senior guard, scored 16 of his career-best 27 in the second half and connected on a career-high tying six 3-pointers, including four in the final 20 minutes. Davis, a junior forward, posted his first double double of the season and the 13th of his career with his totals for the afternoon.

Sophomore forward Tre Drye pulled down a career-high tying 10 rebounds to go with eight points, while senior forward Kendall Timmons added nine points and five assists. In addition to Tarrant's 10 points he collected three steals and dished out four assists.

Tulane shot 45.5 percent from the floor, including hitting eight of 24 3-pointers. The Green Wave also knocked down 18 of 23 shots from the free throw line.

"Our guys played hard from start of finish on both ends of the court today, especially on the defensive end," Conroy said. "I was very pleased with the effort. We did a nice job shutting down some of their best shooters."

Omaha, who came into the game averaging just under 80 points per game and shooting almost 50.0 percent from the floor, hit just 29.1 percent from the floor and hit just four of 16 3-pointers.

Alex Phillips came off the bench to lead Omaha with 13 points, the lone player in double figures.

Tulane won the battle on the boards, 45-31.

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