Tulane's Second-Half Rally Stuns Loyola, 65-59
Thomas and O'Leary tally 12 points apiece to lead the Ramblers
Nov. 16, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Louis Dabney and Jonathan Stark combined for 50 points, including 39 in the second half alone, as host Tulane (3-0) rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to record a 65-59 victory over Loyola University Chicago (1-2) this afternoon at Devlin Fieldhouse.
"Youthfulness met tentativeness down the stretch," Loyola head coach Porter Moser said. "It's very frustrating because we played 27 minutes of outstanding basketball. We came out and executed everything we wanted at the start of the second half. We had a lot of opportunities in the last eight minutes but you just can't go that cold."
Loyola did a masterful job at the defensive end of the floor in the first half, holding the Green Wave to a paltry 24 percent (6-for-25) shooting, while also forcing nine turnovers. Matt O'Leary scored 10 of his 12 points on the day in the opening 20 minutes to spark the Ramblers' strong start.
Four layups, including two by Nick Osborne, who was returning to action after missing the first two games with an injury, highlighted Loyola's 9-2 run to open the second half that gave it a 40-21 advantage, its largest of the game, with 17:25 left to play.
After Tulane had closed within eight, Jeff White's free throws with 6:41 remaining gave the Ramblers a 51-41 lead, but from there, the Green Wave outscored the Ramblers, 24-8, to earn the win, with Starks' three-pointer at the 1:41 mark giving Tulane a 58-55 lead, its first since an early 3-2 edge.
After limiting Tulane to such a meager field goal percentage in the first half, the Ramblers saw the Green Wave drain 65 percent (17-for-26) of their shots in the closing period.
O'Leary scored 12 points off the bench and added six rebounds and three assists to lead Loyola, which also saw Christian Thomas (12 points, nine rebounds) extend his string of games with 10 or more points to 19.White added 11 points and five boards, reaching double figures for the third time in as many games this season.
Dabney and Starks poured in 25 points each to lead Tulane.
Loyola returns to home to face Rockhurst Tuesday night (Nov. 19).