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December 20, 2012

Green Wave waves bye-bye to Waves with big second half

Josh Davis and Jordan Callahan combined to score 39 on Thursday night to lead the Tulane men's basketball team to a 69-54 victory over visiting Pepperdine to claim the championship of the Tulane Classic at Devlin Fieldhouse.

Davis posted 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to earn tournament MVP honors, while Callahan poured in 20 points and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Callahan knocked down four 3-pointers in the win and moved into second-place on Tulane's (9-3) career list.

Ricky Tarrant added 13 points and six assists to also earn a spot on the all-tournament team.

Once again the Green Wave posted a solid second half after holding a six-point halftime lead. After leading 30-24 at the break, Tulane poured in 39 second-half points and shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes and knocked down all 14 free throw attempts to pull out the 19th straight non-conference home win and remain perfect at home this season.

"This is a credit to the depth that we have been able to create over the 10 days of practice," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Those guys coming in off the bench in the first half and keeping our minutes down to keep our guys fresher helped us really put a run on them at the end."

Tulane jumped out to an early 7-2 lead out of the gate, but Pepperdine (7-5) rattled off a 10-2 run to take their only lead of the game, 12-11, with 13:42 left in the half, but the Green Wave answered with a 7-0 run of their own to retake a six-point lead.

Tulane then built a 40-30 lead with 16:08 left, but Pepperdine was able to rally and cut the deficit back down to three, 44-41, with 11:04 left. The Green Wave then scored seven straight to retake a double figure lead, one they would not relinquish the rest of the game, building as much as a 17-point advantage.

Lorne Jackson and Jordan Baker led Pepperdine with 12 points each, while Jett Raines added 10 points and five rebounds to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.

Overall, Tulane shot 47.7 percent from the floor, including five 3-pointers, four of which came from Callahan. The Green Wave also hit 81.5 percent from the free throw line, hitting 22 of 27 attempts, and grabbed 29 rebounds.

Pepperdine shot 50.0 percent from the floor and knocked down four 3-pointers. The Waves connected on 10 of 14 free throws and grabbed 20 boards.

Tulane will have a quick turnaround and travel to New York City on Friday morning to battle Hofstra in Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT.

GAME NOTES

- Senior forward Kendall Timmons moved up one spot to 24th place on Tulane's career scoring list with his five points. He passed Quincy Davis' 1,109 points tonight and finished the game with 1,112 career points.

- Callahan moved into second-place on Tulane's career 3-pointers made list tonight. His four 3-pointers gave him 166 for his career, passing former teammate Kevin Sims' 164 and Brandon Spann's 165.



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