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November 18, 2012

Tulane 79, Chicago State 51

After a slow start on Sunday afternoon, the Tulane men's basketball team got it going on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor to roll to a, 79-51, victory over Chicago State at Devlin Fieldhouse in the final home game of Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.

With the score tied 21-21 with 6:56 remaining in the first half, the Green Wave (3-1) held Chicago State (1-3) scoreless for the remainder of the half and closed it out with an 18-0 run to take control of the game.

"We challenged the guys to come out today with great effort," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We showed great energy and intensity from the start, but we weren't able getting going on the offensive and play with poise. You have to be able to do both. We turned it over a little too much early, but then we went on the big run and did some nice things after that."

The run included 3-pointers from Ricky Tarrant and Ben Cherry, four free throws by Josh Davis, a pair of free throws from Tre Drye and lay-ups by Kendall Timmons, Tarrant and Cherry.

The Cougars never got closer than 16 the rest of the game and Tulane built as much as a 29-point lead in the second half.

Tarrant led all scorers in the game with 21 points, including three 3-pointers. Davis added 18 points to go with 10 rebounds for his second straight double double. Drye chipped with nine points off the bench and Jordan Callahan knocked down three 3-pointers for nine points. Timmons once again recorded a solid stat line with seven points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Lotanna Nwogbo came off the bench to add six points and six rebounds in 10 minutes of play, while freshmen Kajon Mack and RaAnthony Sanders each scored their first collegiate points.

"I was impressed that we put some different guys in the game and they were able to keep the intensity up," Conroy added. "As the game went on and we played some younger guys they bring a different element to us and down the road they can really help this team."

Tulane shot 46.2 percent from the floor for the game, including eight of 16 from 3-point range. The Green Wave also knocked down 23 of 27 free throws for 85.2 percent.

Defensively, Tulane held CSU to 34.5 percent from the floor, forced 16 turnovers and collected 1 steals.

The Green Wave outrebounded the Cougars, 48-23, including pulled down 14 offensive boards that resulted in 22 second chance points. Chicago State was led Corey Gray's 16 points off the bench, while Matt Ross added 12 and Quinton Pippen had 11.

Tulane concludes the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic on Wednesday when they travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face the Cornhuskers at 7 p.m. CT in the Devaney Center.

- Junior forward Josh Davis scored in double figures for the fourth game of the season and the 23rd game of his career with 18 points today.
- Davis pulled down 10 rebounds as well to record his 14th career double double and second of the season.
- Davis knocked down a career-high 10 free throws in today's game.
- Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant scored in double figures for the fourth game of the season and the 28th game of his career with 21 points today. His 21 points mark his 11th 20-plus point game of his career.
- Freshmen Kajon Mack and RaAnthony Sanders each scored their first collegiate points in today's game.

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