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November 14, 2013

Green Wave hoops team wins second in row to start year

BATON ROUGE - Sophomore Louis Dabney scored five of his career-high 24 points in the final minute of play to help guide the Tulane men's basketball team to a 79-73 victory over Southern on Wednesday night at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The Green Wave (2-0) clung to a slim lead in the waning moments of the game and Dabney converted a three-point play with a lay-up and a free throw with 1:03 left and then knocked down a pair of free throws with 0:12 remaining to put the game away and secure the victory over the Jaguars (0-3).

Freshman Jonathan Stark also posted a career-high with 19 points for Tulane, including three free throws in the final two minutes of the game to secure the win.

"I'm really proud of these young guys," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We expected a difficult challenge tonight and expected it to not look pretty - and it didn't - but we got it done somehow and gutted it out. Give a lot of credit to Southern. They are a very talented team."

The game had 11 lead changes and was tied 10 times, including 68-68 with 4:30 left. Southern broke that final tie with a lay-up by Trelun Banks to give the Jaguars a 70-68 lead, but Tulane scored 11 of the final 14 points of the game to pull out the win.

Banks finished with a career-best 21 points for Southern.

Tulane took the lead for good with three consecutive points by Jay Hook. The junior hit a free throw with 3:40 left and then converted a lay-up with 3:03 left that put the Green Wave up, 71-70.

Hook finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tre Drye, playing in front of his hometown crowd, also pulled down 11 rebounds to go with seven points.

"Stark, Dabney, Drye and Hook were just sensational down the stretch," Conroy added. "They really made big play after big play."

Southern jumped out to an early 9-3 lead over the first three-plus minutes of the game, but Tulane didn't waver and used a 8-2 run to take an 11-10 lead with 13:11 left in the half. The Jaguars led only once the rest of the half and the Green Wave held a 38-37 advantage at the break.

Neither team shot well from the floor. Tulane hit just 38.6 percent, while Southern hit for a 36.5 percent clip. The teams each pulled down 46 rebounds.

The Green Wave connected on eight-of-18 three-pointers, including three by Hook and a pair by Stark. The Jaguars hit seven three-pointers, four of which came from the hands of Malcolm Miller who finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Tulane returns home to host Loyola-Chicago on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT in Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse.


GAME NOTES

- Hook scored in double figures in tonight's game with his 18 points. It is his second double digit scoring game of the season and the third of his career.

- Hook also pulled down 11 rebounds to record his second career double-double.

- Stark scored in double figures with his 19 points, marking his second double figure scoring game of his career.

- Dabney scored in double figures with his 24 points. It is his first double digit scoring game of the season and the third of his career. Dabney's point total marks a career-high.

- Tulane improved to 7-0 all-time in the series against Southern.


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