Tulane men’s basketball routs Mississippi Valley State in bounce back win

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Junior guard Jay Hook blows by a defender in an exhibition game against Loyola. Hook scored 18 points in the 100-61 victory against Mississippi Valley State Thursday. 

Alec Freudenstein, Contributing Reporter

The Green Wave rebounded Thursday against Mississippi Valley State, winning 100-61 following its 22 point loss to Wake Forest on Monday in their season opener.

Coming into the game, head coach Ed Conroy and his staff had to address the poor offensive showing on Monday, which misfired on 19 of 20 3-point attempts versus the Demon Deacons, including a dismal 15 percent shooting performance from the field in the second half.

“We felt disrespected,” Hook said. “[Wake Forest] pretty much came into our house and controlled the boards and treated us like we were their little brother. We really took that personally and throughout practice we worked on a lot of rebounding.”

However, Conroy and the Green Wave appeared to put the past behind them, cruising past Mississippi Valley State to a 100-61 victory. It was the first time since 2002 that Tulane scored triple digits in a game when the Wave put up 103 points against Savannah State. 

Jonathan Stark and Jay Hook, two members of the Green Wave’s ‘House of Guards’ bounced back from their poor shooting on Monday night, and combined for 31 points on 10-21 shooting. Hook in particular played exceptional on the glass, and was 1 rebound shy of double-double. 

Despite the impressive victory Thursday night, Conroy and his team is still hungry for more.

“I think we’re still not where we need to be, but I thought the talk on our bench was fantastic,” Conroy said. “We were all able to evaluate and analyze as the game went on and see who missed an assignment and who didn’t do what they were supposed to do. It’s a process, and we won’t forget what happened the other night.”