Men's Basketball Can't Hang on at USD, Falls 78-72
Dec. 8, 2012
Nb>SAN DIEGO - In a game that had 15 times and 14 lead changes, it was the University of San Diego that held the final lead and defeated the Tulane men's basketball team, 78-72, on Saturday night in Jenny Craig Pavilion.
The Green Wave (7-3) held its final lead, 64-62, with 4:37 remaining before the Toreros (5-5) got lay-up from Johnny Dee and Ken Rancifer to give them the lead for good. Those two lay-ups started a 9-0 run for USD that eventually gave them a 71-64 lead, one Tulane was unable to overcome.
"I credit San Diego," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "From a college basketball stand point I'm sure it was an entertaining game. Offensively both teams did form really good things, but I'm not pleased with our defensive effort. Obviously we need to do better down the stretch and be a little tighter defensively."
Josh Davis led the Green Wave with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Ricky Tarrant, Jordan Callahan and Tre Drye each added 12 points. Drye added eight boards and Kendall Timmons also pulled down eight of Tulane's 34 rebounds.
Dee led USD with 23 points, including knocking down five 3-pointers and hitting all four of his free throws. Rancifer added 16 points in the victory.
The Toreros opened the game by scoring seven of the first eight points of the game for what would be the largest lead by either team until less than four minutes left in the contest. The Green Wave rallied back with a 9-2 run and took a 10-9 lead with 13:46 left in the half. Tarrant sparked the run with one of his two 3-pointers in the game. Drye added a pair of lay-ups in the run.
San Diego built up a six point lead again, 21-16, with 10:44 left in the half before Tulane charged back with a 9-1 run to retake the lead, 24-23, capped by a 3-pointer by Callahan with 7:29 left. The lead changed hands four more times before the Green Wave held a 37-35 advantage at the break.
Davis scored the first two points of the second half to give Tulane its largest lead of the game, 39-35.
The second half saw 10 ties and seven lead changes with neither team holding more than a three point advantage until USD pulled away.
"I loved our aggressiveness early," Conroy added. "We did a heck of a job on the boards and did a heck of a job inside. With three minutes to go in the game we were in great shape, but it just didn't stay with team basketball and tried to make too many big plays."
The Toreros' keys to the win were scoring 22 points off Tulane's 12 turnovers and knocking down 17 of 21 free throws, including making their first 10. USD also shot 51.0 percent from the floor in the game, including 54.2 percent in the first half.
Tulane did win the battle on the boards, 34-27, and had 14 on the offensive end that resulted in 19 second chance points. The Green Wave shot 46.0 percent from the floor in the game and hit 21 of 30 free throws.
The Green Wave will have 10 days off for final exams before hosting the Tulane Classic at Devlin Fieldhouse on Dec. 19 and 20. Tulane will face Texas-Pan American on the 19th at 7 p.m. after Pepperdine battles Alabama State at 4 p.m. CT.