Tulane Looks For Road Win At Northwestern La.

Tulane (2-3) travels to Natchitoches, La. to face Northwestern State (4-2) in search of its first road victory of 2004-05, as well as its last contest before an 11-day break for final exams. The 6:30 p.m. game between the Green Wave and the Demons from Prather Coliseum will be televised live throughout Louisiana on Cox Sports Television (cable Ch. 37 in New Orleans).

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane (2-3) travels to Natchitoches, La. to face Northwestern State (4-2) in search of its first road victory of 2004-05, as well as its last contest before an 11-day break for final exams. The 6:30 p.m. game between the Green Wave and the Demons from Prather Coliseum will be televised live throughout Louisiana on Cox Sports Television (cable Ch. 37 in New Orleans).

Tulane will play its first game in north Louisiana, and its first road contest at any state school except UNO and LSU, since 1995. Tulane will play at Northwestern State for the first time since the 1930-31 season, and the game has been highly-anticipated and publicized in Natchitoches.

Tulane head coach Shawn Finney brings a 12-6 record versus in-state opponents into the game, including an 83-66 decision over Northwestern State in Fogelman Arena last year.

Tulane is coming off a 73-50 victory over neighborhood foe Loyola on Friday in Fogelman Arena. Junior Quincy Davis, Tulane's leading scorer and rebounder on the year with 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, tallied his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Wave versus the Wolfpack. Freshman Taylor Rochestie matched Davis with a career-high 18 points in the contest.

Fellow freshman David Gomez is expected to join Rochestie and Davis in the starting line-up for the second straight game, along with senior point guard Marcus Kinzer and sophomore guard Vincent Camper, the Green Wave's season leader in assists to date. Kinzer is averaging 13.4 points per game while leading Tulane in minutes played per game.

Davis leads Conference USA with a 64.4 percent field goal percentage while Kinzer is hitting 59.1 percent of his shots from the field. As a team, the Green Wave has made 47 percent of its field goals in 2004-05. Despite that, Finney sees plenty of room for improvement on the offensive end.

"We are shooting the ball well and making the extra pass, but we are not playing with enough flow," he said. "We're hoping to establish a better offensive rhythm. However, I have been very pleased with our defensive effort in the last two games."

Following the game at Northwestern State, the Green Wave is off until Dec. 18 for the traditional December break for final exams. After the 11-day break, Tulane will play host to Savannah State Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. and North Carolina A&T on Dec. 21 in Fogelman Arena. The Dec. 21 game is the second half of a doubleheader with the Green Wave women's team with the games slated for 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets for all remaining home games are available through the Green Wave Athletics Ticket Office in the James Wilson Center, at Fogelman Arena prior to the game, or by calling 504-861-WAVE.

-- Roll Wave --


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