Green Wave Bury Demons, 83-66

Tulane (5-1) got 15 points apiece by Ben Benfield and Marcus Kinzer, who combined to sink 5 of 8 on 3-pointers. The Wave hit 8 of 16 from behind the arc and outrebounded the Demons (1-5) by 47-36.

Tulane shot 50 percent on 3-pointers while Vytas Tatarunas banged inside for 10 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday night as the Green Wave dumped Northwestern State 83-66 at Fogkeman Arena in New Orleans.

Tulane (5-1) got 15 points apiece by Ben Benfield and Marcus Kinzer, who combined to sink 5 of 8 on 3-pointers. The Wave hit 8 of 16 from behind the arc and outrebounded the Demons (1-5) by 47-36.

"I've got to give Northwestern State some credit," said Tulane's Sean Finney. "they caused us some problems defending us off the dribble. We really fought hard and did a nice job keeping the upper hand while playing tired in our fifth game in nine days."

"They were a physically strong team and they powered underneath the basket very effectively," said Demons' coach Mike McConathy. "Then they were able to kick it out and bury some 3-pointers that really kept us at bay."

The Demons opened the second half with a 12-4 burst that got them to within 45-39. A three-point play by senior George Brown tipped off a run which put the Green Wave on top 60-45 with 11:21 to go. The Demons cut the Green Wave margin to 62-53 with 8:21 remaining but Tulane (5-1) used a 15-6 run to pull away.

The game icing run was sparked by freshman Dan Fitzgerald buried a three-pointer to push the margin back to 12. Another three from Fitzgerald and a Benfield trey put the game out of reach with 4:22 to go.

"Dan Fitzgerald gave us a big lift in the second half," Finney said. "He hit some shots; he's really starting to get his confidence. I thought all of our freshmen played well. They came in and gave us something."

Fitzgerald finished with a career-high eight points as well as four rebounds.

Northwestern State was led by Jermaine Wallace, who scored a game-high 18 points.

Tulane shot 50 percent (15-of-30) in the first half and outrebounded the Demons, 22-14 to take a 41-27 advantage into the break.

Following its 11 day exam break, Tulane will return to action on Saturday evening, Decenbver 20th, hosting Southeastern Louisiana at Fogelman Arena as part of a Green Wave basketball doubleheader. The Wave women host Nicholls State at 5 p.m., followed by the men's contest. Tickets are available by calling 504-861-WAVE.


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