Tulane Men Host VMI At 2 P.M. Friday

The Tulane men's basketball team looks to continue its success at Fogelman Arena on New Year's Eve afternoon (Friday) at 2 p.m. when it hosts VMI at Fogelman Arena for its final non-conference game of the 2004-05 season. Tickets are available by calling 504-861-WAVE.

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Tulane men's basketball team looks to continue its success at Fogelman Arena on New Year's Eve afternoon (Friday) at 2 p.m. when it hosts VMI at Fogelman Arena for its final non-conference game of the 2004-05 season. 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.

Tulane is 5-5 overall and coming off a convincing 71-59 win over Alabama State at the State Farm Sun Bowl Tournament on Tuesday. That was the Wave's first win away from Fogelman Arena as it is 4-0 in its home gym this season. In head coach Shawn Finney's four-plus years at the helm of the Tulane program, the Green Wave has posted a 28-3 record against non-conference opponents at Fogelman.

Leading the way for the Wave have been senior guard Marcus Kinzer and junior center Quincy Davis. Kinzer leads the team in assists (46), free-throw percentage (.818) and minutes (302), while averaging 12.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Against Alabama State, he tallied 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and just two turnovers. Davis, who has struggled the last two games, still leads Conference USA in field-goal percentage at 64.8 percent. He is the Wave's leading scorer and rebounder with 13.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

"We are still battling inconsistency," Finney said. "We need to work to avoid the droughts we have been having. We are continuing to do the same things we have been doing on offense and defense and we want to continue to rebound with the same effort we have been showing."

In the last four games, the Green Wave has dominated the boards, out-rebounding its opponents, 189-111. It has had three games with 50 or more rebounds for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

In addition to Davis and Kinzer, freshman Taylor Rochestie and junior Vytas Tatarunas have come on strong. Rochestie scored a career-high 19 points on Tuesday against Alabama State and earned all-tournament honors from the Sun Bowl, while Tatarunas has 31 points and 31 rebounds, including a pair of double-doubles, in the last three games. Freshmen Donnie Stith recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds on Tuesday as well.

VMI (5-3) comes to Tulane after a 62-49 loss at the hands of UNO, which stopped the Green Wave at the buzzer earlier this season. The Keydets have solid wins over Virginia Tech and Navy this season and are led by 6-5 freshman forward Reggie Williams, who has 14.6 points per game. Matt Coward, a 5-10 sophomore guard, has 12.9 points and 4.8 assists per game while Levar Joseph, a 6-2 junior from Vacherie, La., and St. James High School, is averaging 12.4 points per game, but has missed the last three games due to injury.

The Green Wave opens Conference USA play on Wednesday, Jan. 5, playing at Saint Louis at 7 p.m. The league home opener is on Saturday, Jan. 8 against Marquette at Fogelman Arena.


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