Miners Still Winless on the Road
POSTED: Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 10:28pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 7:55pm
Freshman Ricky Tarrant scored 22 points, including a crucial three-point play with 1:09 remaining, as Tulane won its first C-USA game of the season, 66-58 on Saturday at Fogelman Arena.
Tre Drye added 13 points and Josh Davis pulled down 11 rebounds for the Green Wave, who dumped the Miners to 0-6 on the road in 2011-12.
The Miners (10-10, 3-3 C-USA) were beaten despite shooting 51.2 percent from the floor and outrebounding the Green Wave 27-26. UTEP dropped to 20-1 under coach Tim Floyd when shooting 50 percent or better.
"I thought turnovers just absolutely killed us," coach Floyd said. "They guarded us well. We knew they were a good defensive team, but we lacked poise on the offensive end. Tarrant was a big difference in the ballgame with his ability to drive it all night long. They just drove it at us and took high percentage shots, and if they didn't we fouled. We've got a big discrepancy with our players in terms of numbers at home and on the road. That has got to change. This was not an intimidating crowd, but we don't have the same productivity from some guys on the floor that we should have. We've got to continue to put them in these situations and see if we can make some improvements and make some strides."
The game was tied at 28 at halftime. Michael Perez scored five straight points to put UTEP ahead 36-33 with 16:27 to play. But Tulane (13-6, 1-4 C-USA) regrouped with a 10-2 run, including a couple of buckets from reserve Ben Cherry, to open a 43-38 lead with 13:24 to go.
The Green Wave did not trail again. UTEP rallied from a nine-point deficit (51-42) and cut the margin to two (53-51) on a free throw by Cedrick Lang with 2:39 to play, but Perez missed the potential go-ahead three-pointer with 1:46 left. Tarrant secured the defensive rebound, then drove for the layup and was fouled by Lang to convert the three-point play and put the Green Wave in control of the game.
Tulane had big advantages in points off turnovers (19-7) and fast break points (10-2). The Green Wave's depleted bench also outscored UTEP's 23-7 led by Drye and Cherry (seven points).
UTEP finished with 18 turnovers.
Perez led the Miners with 14 points. John Bohannon and Julian Washburn scored 13 each.
UTEP will continue its three-game road swing at Houston next Saturday at 6 p.m. MT. The Miners will play at Rice on Feb. 1.