NEW ORLEANS, La.– Tigers' forward Rodney Carney had a game-high 24 points as the Tulane University men's basketball team dropped a 105-65 Conference USA contest to No. 3 Memphis Saturday at Fogelman Arena. Tulane senior center Quincy Davis posted 19 points and seven rebounds, but it was not enough to counter a hot-shooting Memphis squad that had four players finish with double-digit scoring totals. With the loss, Tulane falls to 9-15 on the year and 4-7 in C-USA action. Memphis, meanwhile, won their 13th straight game to improve to 24-2 for the season and 10-0 in league play.
"We got outplayed," Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "They're very good. I don't know if they're 40 points better than us, but they're very good. They beat us in every facet. We became tentative and they became more aggressive when we became tentative.
Sophomore forward David Gomez joined Davis in double figures with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Sophomore Donnie Stith came off the bench to tally a game-high six assists, and added eight points and a steal to the Green Wave cause. The Tigers, meanwhile, connected on 57.5 percent of its shots from the floor (42-of-73), including a 60.0 (21-of-35) percent showing in the second half.
Memphis outscored Tulane 56-38 in the paint, and turned 22 Green Wave turnovers into 30 points. The Tigers also held a decided advantage on the glass as Memphis out-rebounded Tulane 38-27, and turned 115 offensive caroms into 22 second-chance points.
"We knew we had to not turn the ball over and rebound, and we didn't do that," Dickerson said. "I know in my heart we're a better team than what we showed tonight. They could be 40 points better than us, but I don't think so"
Tulane held a 4-2 lead early in the game, and with the game knotted at 7-all, Memphis went on a 10-run and never looked back. Gomez hit a jumper with 15:09 left to play in the opening stanza to break the Tigers' run, but Memphis fired off seven more in a row to take a 24-9 advantage at the 13:38 mark.
The lead hovered around 15 for almost the rest of the first half, but leading 46-31 with less than two minutes to go before halftime, the Tigers outscored the Green Wave 7-2 the rest of the way to go into the locker room up 53-33.
Tulane scored the first basket of the second half, but Memphis used a 9-0 run to spark a 30-10 rally over the next 10-plus minutes. The advantaged swelled to as many as 43 points on two occasions, the latest at 102-59 with 1:53 left to play.
Joining Carney in double figures for Memphis were Darius Washington with 15, Chris Douglas-Roberts with 13 and Antonio Anderson with 12. Robert Dozier paced the Tigers with nine rebounds while Douglas-Roberts and Kareem Cooper had seven each.
The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Feb. 25, when they travel to Greenville, N.C., to take on C-USA foe East Carolina at 6 p.m. at Minges Coliseum. Tulane's next home game is on March 1 when the team celebrates Senior Day against Southern Miss. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 247-1240. The Ticket Office is currently located in the lobby of Fogelman Arena from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and tickets can also be purchased online at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
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