Tarrant, Davis lift Wave over Chicago St.

Advocate staff photo by DERICK HINGLE  -- Tulane's Ricky Tarrant drives past Bethune-Cookman's Ricky Johnson on Nov. 13, 2012, in New Orleans.
Advocate staff photo by DERICK HINGLE -- Tulane's Ricky Tarrant drives past Bethune-Cookman's Ricky Johnson on Nov. 13, 2012, in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS — Ricky Tarrant scored 21 points and Josh Davis recorded a double-double as Tulane dominated Chicago State 79-51 Sunday in a nonconference men’s college basketball game.

Davis scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made 10 of Tulane’s 23 free throws.

Tarrant, who recorded a game-high four steals, was 3-of-4 on 3-pointers. His 3-pointer with 7:52 left in the first half gave Tulane a 19-17 lead.

With the score tied 21-21 with 6:56 remaining in the first half, the Green Wave (3-1) held Chicago State (1-3) scoreless for the remainder of the half and closed it out with an 18-0 run to take control of the game.

“We challenged the guys to come out today with great effort,” Tulane coach Ed Conroy said.

“We showed great energy and intensity from the start, but we weren’t able getting going on the offensive and play with poise. You have to be able to do both. We turned it over a little too much early, but then we went on the big run and did some nice things after that.”

Tulane (3-1) led 39-21 at the break.

Tulane shot 24-of-52 from the field and made 23 of 27 free throws. Chicago State shot just 34.5 percent (19-of-55) from the field and committed 23 turnovers. The Green Wave scored 16 points off those errors.

Corey Gray led the Cougars (1-3) with 16 points.

Boise State 63, Louisiana-Lafayette 57: In Boise, Idaho, Derrick Marks scored 14 points, and Mikey Thompson scored 13 for Boise State.

Anthony Drmic scored all 11 of his points in the second half, and the Broncos have started 3-0 for the third consecutive season. Elfrid Payton and Alan-Michael Thompson scored 12 points apiece for Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2).

Boise State used a 9-0 run over a nearly seven-minute stretch of the second half to take control.

The Broncos trailed 52-50 with 7:50 remaining after a basket by ULL’s Bryant Mbamalu. Drmic hit a go-ahead 3-pointer 26 seconds later to start the decisive run as the Ragin’ Cajuns didn’t score again until Thompson’s basket with 55 seconds left.

Boise State jumped out to a 20-6 lead less than 11 minutes into the game before the Ragin’ Cajuns rolled off 19 straight points over a seven-minute span to take a five-point lead. ULL led 28-26 at halftime.

The Broncos began the second half with an 11-6 run and had a 37-34 lead after Mikey Thompson’s 3-pointer with 16:05 remaining.

ULL answered with a 10-2 spurt with Payton scoring five points and Mbamalu connecting on a 3-pointer to give the Ragin’ Cajuns a 44-42 lead.

Boise State’s Igor Hadziomerovic tied the contest at 50-50 on a driving basket with 8:21 to play before Mbamalu provided ULL with its final lead.

The Ragin’ Cajuns then missed nine consecutive shots.

Louisiana Tech 70, Troy 46: In Chattanooga, Tenn., Cordarius Johnson scored 16 points and Raheem Appleby added 15 to help Louisiana Tech race to a 21-point halftime lead and beat Troy.

After an Appleby 3-pointer that put Louisiana Tech ahead 6-2, Troy tied the game behind two free throws from Antoine Myers and a 3-pointer from Hunter Williams.

But Troy (1-2) could not overtake the Bulldogs, as Louisiana Tech used a 14-2 run to go ahead 21-9 after a Johnson 3-pointer. Johnson then scored 10 of Louisiana Tech’s next 18 points to help the Bulldogs take a 39-18 halftime lead.

Louisiana Tech (2-1) opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to push its lead to 47-18.

Women

ULL at Nicholls State: In Thibodaux, Nicholls State will host Louisiana-Lafayette at 6 p.m. Monday at David R. Stopher Gym.

Four ULL players average double digits in scoring, led by freshman guard Sylvana Okde with 16.7 points. Ashley Benjamin averages 12.7 points and 5.7 rebounds, and Kia Wilridge and Keke Veal each average 10.7 points. Byronesha Santiago leads ULL with 6.0 rebounds to go with 9.3 points.

Nicholls State is led by former St. Michael star KK Babin’s 14.5 points per game.