NEW ORLEANS, La. – After an 11-day break for final exams, the Tulane men's basketball team will return to action on Saturday night at Fogelman Arena, hosting Savannah State at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available by calling 504-861-WAVE.
All Tulane men's basketball games are broadcast by the Tulane ISP Radio Network, which includes WTIX AM 690 in New Orleans and WJSH FM 104.7 on the Northshore.
The Green Wave has a 2-4 record following a road loss at Northwestern State on Dec. 6, however, it has won both of its home games this season.
"We have to keep our heads up and play as hard as we can when we get back on the court," Tulane coach Shawn Finney said. "We are two plays away from being 4-2, but we are a young team and we need to learn how to make those plays in order to win ball games."
Tulane dropped a 55-54 decision to crosstown rival UNO after having a shot at the buzzer come up short. The Wave also fell 66-63 to Louisiana Tech after the Bulldogs blocked a shot in the final seconds and converted from the line to clinch the victory.
In Finney's first four years, the Green Wave is 2-2 in games immediately following the exam break, including a 103-47 victory over Savannah State two seasons ago.
"I am always concerned with us being rusty after a long break like this," Finney said. "Some of the older guys are used to the break and have been rejuvenated by it. Ben Benfield has had an excellent week of practice. Everyone is ready to get back to competition."
Quincy Davis and Marcus Kinzer continue to lead the Wave. Davis is Tulane's top scorer at 14.0 points per game while leading Conference USA with a .673 field-goal percentage. Kinzer has 13.2 points and 4.3 assists per game after matching the Tulane school record with 13 assists in the Northwestern State game.
Expected to start for the young Wave Saturday, along with Davis and Kinzer, are sophomore Vincent Camper and freshmen Taylor Rochestie and David Gomez. Camper, who missed the second half of the Northwestern State game with an ankle injury, has returned to practice and is expected to be at full strength for the game. Rochestie has 9.5 points per game and has hit for double figures in scoring three times, while Gomez has started the last two games, tallying 17 rebounds in those outings.
Savannah State, which is an independent, played at The Citadel on Wednesday night, losing a 81-58 decision to drop its overall record to 0-12 on the season. The Tigers posted a 4-24 record last year. They have now lost 14 straight games dating back to last season. This year's squad is led by 6-4 freshman guard Mark Williams, who has 16.4 points per game, while 6-8, 235-pound Sherrard Reddick has 14.8 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per outing.
Following Saturday's game, Tulane will host a Green Wave basketball doubleheader on Tuesday, Dec. 21. The women's basketball team plays Portland at 6 p.m., followed by the men hosting North Carolina A&T at 8 p.m. Tickets for all home basketball games are available by calling 504-861-WAVE.
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