NEW ORLEANS - Tulane jumped out to a 19-5 lead in the first eight minutes and never looked back on the way to a 75-54 win against the University of Houston men's basketball team Saturday evening inside Fogelman Arena.
The Green Wave used hot shooting from the field early, hitting 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from the field in the first half to take a 42-30 lead. Tulane cooled off only slightly in the second half and drained 50 percent (30-of-60) in the game.
Redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young led the Cougars with 17 points off the bench and added four rebounds, three steals and an assist in 37 minutes. Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas posted 11 points with a team-high eight rebounds, while junior guard Jonathon Simmons added 10 points with two rebounds and a pair of steals.
Tulane guard Ricky Tarrant led all players with 21 points and three 3-pointers, while guard Jordan Callahan added 17 points with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Forward Josh Davis posted 15 points with a game-high 10 rebounds and added two assists, four blocks and two steals.
With the loss, Houston dropped to 11-11 overall and 3-6 in C-USA games. Tulane improved to 15-8 overall and 3-6 in C-USA games.
The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they meet crosstown rival Rice at 7 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans can hear all Cougar Basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tipoff.
Wednesday's game also can be seen live on FOX Sports Net with Ron Thulin calling the play-by-play action, Mike Gminski providing analysis and Jenn Hildreth reporting from the sidelines. Fans should check their local listings for broadcasts in their areas
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the "GameTracker" link at UHCougars.com.
Fans also can hear live audio and watch live video via Cougar All-Access at UHCougars.com. Fans should note that a charge is required to watch and hear streamed games on-line.
Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.