Tulane Rolls VASDA, 94-51, In Exhibition Opener

Junior Quincy Davis scored 15 points and snagged 10 rebounds and Tulane's five-man freshman class combined for 37 points to lead the Green Wave to a 94-51 victory over Vasda in men's basketball exhibition action on Thursday evening at Fogelman Arena

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Junior Quincy Davis scored 15 points and snagged 10 rebounds and Tulane's five-man freshman class combined for 37 points to lead the Green Wave to a 94-51 victory over Vasda in men's basketball exhibition action on Thursday evening at Fogelman Arena.

Davis led the Wave with a double-double while all 12 players who saw action scored at least four points. Senior Ivan Pjevcevic and freshman Matt Wheaton each finished with 10 points, while sophomore Kory Castine snagged a game-high 11 rebounds.

Midway through the second half with the game well in hand, Tulane coach Shawn Finney subbed in his five-man freshman class of Wheaton, Donnie Stith, Taylor Rochestie, David Gomez and Robinson Louisme. The quintet fired up the crowd and their teammates by increasing the already sizable lead. Stith and Gomez both contributed acrobatic dunks as the lead grew to as many as 46 points.

"You have to give the freshmen a lot of credit," Finney said. "They played with a lot of poise. That's what exhibition basketball is all about, playing new guys in different situations."

While shooting 52 percent (39-of-75) from the field, the Green Wave clamped down on defense, holding Vasda to just 23.7 percent (14-of-59) shooting. The Wave also forced 18 turnovers, but committed 16 on its own end.

"Our theme is intensity; I thought on defense, we didn't have lulls where they [Tulane] jacked around and didn't guard," Finney said. "That was one of our goals; we really wanted to guard and hold our opponent to less than 40 percent shooting."

Tulane took advantage of its big lineup which features seven players 6-6 or taller to outscore Vasda, 50-18, in the paint. The Wave also had a 22-4 advantage in second-chance points as it dominated the glass, 62-31. Tulane also had 22 assists in the contest.

"Offensively, we stress that it's a team game and we needed to make the extra pass," Finney said.

In addition to everybody scoring, 10 different players had assists in the game.

Vasda is a team of former collegiate players, many currently playing professionally overseas. They were led by Solomon Edwards, a 2004 graduate of Southern University, who scored 10 points. Former Green Wave standout Pointer Williams (1991-94) finished with seven points, while George Brown, who completed his Tulane career last season, tallied five points and five rebounds.

Tulane will open its 2004-05 regular season on Friday, Nov. 19, playing LSU in Baton Rouge in the first round of the Louisiana Basketball Classic. The home opener for the Green Wave is Saturday, Nov. 27 against Prairie View A&M at Fogelman Arena. Season tickets and single-game tickets are available by calling 504-861-WAVE.


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