Tulane overcomes ECU 100-92 in triple overtime

Mackenna Barker, Online Sports Editor

It’s comeback season.

In an upset for the ages, Tulane men’s basketball (9-16, 2-10 American Athletic Conference) snapped its 6-game losing streak Wednesday night as the Wave overcame the East Carolina Pirates (10-13, 2-9 AAC) 100-92 in triple overtime in Greenville, North Carolina.

After trailing or being tied with the Pirates for all but 14 seconds of regulation, Tulane came back in the final minutes and a jumper from senior guard Louis Dabney tied the game up 71-71 with just 0:03 left on the clock, pushing the teams into the first overtime.

Within the first two overtimes, the Wave and the Pirates exchanged leads several times to drag out the play into 3OT.

Highlighted by a dunk from freshman guard Melvin Frazier and a 3-pointer from Dabney, the Wave controlled the 3OT, outscoring the Pirates 15-7 to secure its second conference win this season.

Senior guard Louis Dabney had a high-scoring night and led the charge with 32 points to match his career best, followed closely by redshirt-junior guard Malik Morgan who dropped his season-high 26.

Redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Reynolds and sophomore forward Dylan Osetkowski each punched in a double-double, with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 11 points, 12 rebounds respectively, marking the latter’s eighth double-double this season.

The Wave outrebounded East Carolina 43-39 and knocked down 12 treys on 38 attempts while the Pirates hit just 3 on 16 on the other side of the floor.

To make the win that much sweeter, the Wave topped off the night with some ice cream, as head coach Ed Conroy treats the players following every win on the road.

After losing 10 of its last 11 games, the Wave desperately needed this win to reenergize the program. With just six games remaining in the regular season, the dub was the right step in creating some momentum to turn around the remainder of the season.

Tulane returns home this weekend to take on the Memphis Tigers (14-10, 5-6 AAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Devlin Fieldhouse.