Tulane Men Defeat UNC A&T, 73-54

Tulane (4-4) ran away from North Carolina A&T (1-10) in the second half, outscoring the Aggies, 39-24, in the second stanza. The Green Wave also dominated on the glass in the game, 50-28, and recovered from 15 first-half turnovers by only giving the ball away five times in the second half

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Seventeen unanswered points by Tulane University broke open a close game midway through the second half as the Green Wave rolled to a 73-54 victory over North Carolina A&T in men's basketball action on Tuesday evening at Fogelman Arena.

Tulane (4-4) ran away from North Carolina A&T (1-10) in the second half, outscoring the Aggies, 39-24, in the second stanza. The Green Wave also dominated on the glass in the game, 50-28, and recovered from 15 first-half turnovers by only giving the ball away five times in the second half.

Junior Quincy Davis, who leads Conference USA in field-goal percentage, connected on 9-of-12 shots as he posted his second double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Vytas Tatarunas posted his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 boards while senior Marcus Kinzer tallied 14 points. Freshman Taylor Rochestie was also in double figures with 11 points as well as a game-high six assists.

"Quincy is a great post player," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "We're not running as many plays to him as we did last year, but I think that makes him a better player, because he gets his points in the flow of the game. He is playing very well and with a lot of confidence."

After Tulane took a 38-31 lead on a Davis alley-oop dunk with 18:27 remaining, North Carolina A&T rallied with a 9-0 run to take a 40-38 lead at the 14:55. A Steven Kroger jumper for NC A&T offset a layup by Tatarunas, then the Wave switched to a zone defense and came to life. While forcing six misses and three turnovers over a five-minute stretch, the Wave tallied its 17 unanswered points, eight of those by Davis, to take a 57-42 lead with 8:08 to go.

"In the second half, the zone was the big difference in the game," Finney said. "The funny thing is I went to the zone to help our offense; I wanted to make them shoot over us, get the rebound and get running down the court to get some rhythm."

After the Aggies scored four straight points to hold up the streaking Wave, Tulane put the game away with a 14-3 run from the 7:24 to the 3:15 mark, making the score 71-49.

In the first half, the Green Wave led by as many as 11, but a tenacious Aggie press brought NC A&T back into the game.

"They were a scrappy team and played hard," Finney said. "In the first half, their press was causing us problems. We got a little bit in the panic mode at the end of the half with the press, but we came back and handled it in the second half."

Tulane shot 42.9 percent (27-of-63) from the field, but just 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from three-point range. In the last two games, Tulane has hit just 7-of-44 three-point shots.

"Shooters have to keep shooting and coaches have to keep calling plays for the shooters," Finney said. "I always think the next one is going in."

The Wave defense held the Aggies to 33.3 percent (19-of-57) shooting from the field while forcing 22 NC A&T turnovers. Tulane connected on 16-of-24 free throws while the Aggies hit 10-of-12 from the line.

The Tulane men depart for El Paso on Christmas Day and will battle Princeton in the first round of the State Farm Sun Bowl Tournament on Monday, Dec. 27 at 10 p.m. (Central). The consolation and championship games of the tournament will be played on Dec. 28 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

The Green Wave returns home on New Year's Eve, hosting Virginia Military at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call 504-861-WAVE.


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