Tulane Defeats Savannah State, 74-55

Despite struggling to hit from outside, Tulane dominated in the paint and on the glass to roll to a 74-55 victory over Savannah State in men's basketball action on Saturday evening at Fogelman Arena. The Green Wave was playing its first game after an 11-day layoff for final exams

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Despite struggling to hit from outside, Tulane dominated in the paint and on the glass to roll to a 74-55 victory over Savannah State in men's basketball action on Saturday evening at Fogelman Arena. The Green Wave was playing its first game after an 11-day layoff for final exams.

Senior guard Marcus Kinzer led Tulane (3-4) with 14 points and eight assists, while junior Quincy Davis had 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore Vincent Camper added a season-best 13 points while freshman David Gomez tallied a career-best 10 rebounds.

Despite a Savannah State (0-13) defense which was packed in the paint, the Green Wave dominated inside, outscoring the Tigers 42-20 in the paint. Savannah challenged the Wave to hit from outside, but Tulane was off the mark on 23-of-27 three-point attempts. The Green Wave also held a 50-31 advantage in rebounding.

"I'll take that win, we were a little rusty," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "You could tell because we had great looks but we shot 4-for-27 from three. I thought Quincy played big, he was cutting well and getting open for open looks and layups. Marcus played a good floor game tonight; he is playing very well; our team is comfortable with him on the court."

Kinzer has 26 points and 21 assists in the last two games.

Leading 40-37, a Davis dunk ignited an 8-0 run, which made it 48-37 with 12:38 remaining. After Savannah State responded with a mini 7-2 rally to make it 50-44, Tulane answered with an 11-2 stretch to build a 15-point advantage with 6:43 to go. That run was capped by a perfect alley-oop dunk by Davis from Kinzer; it was Davis' fourth dunk of the game.

Davis, who leads Conference USA in field-goal percentage, connected on 8-of-11 shots in the victory.

The Wave connected on 9-of-12 free throws over the final 2:47 to wrap up the victory.

The aggressive Tigers battled hard in the first half, trailing by just one, 32-31, at the break. However, in the second half, Tulane held a commanding 31-12 advantage on the boards, including 12 offensive rebounds.

"In the second half, the difference was rebounding," Finney said. "We came out and dominated on the glass. We didn't have the energy I was looking for to start the game; we talked at halftime that we needed more intensity and toughness and be more aggressive defensively."

For the game, the Wave shot just 44.6 percent (29-of-65) from the field, but inside the three-point arc, Tulane was 25-of-38 (.658). Savannah State shot 38.6 percent (22-of-57) from the field. Both teams committed just 12 turnovers, a season-low for Tulane, while the Wave also had a season-best 20 assists.

"Overall after 11 days off, I was pleased with the effort," Finney said. "Finals here are very draining and I have learned that the guys are going to be rusty after that stretch."

Savannah State was led by Donald Carson's 19 points while Brandon Emerson posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Tulane men return to action on Tuesday evening as part of a Green Wave basketball doubleheader at Fogelman Arena. The Wave women play Portland at 6 p.m. followed by the men against North Carolina A&T. For ticket information, call 504-861-WAVE.


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