Wave still seeking home conference win, fall to Tulsa 89-82

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The Tulane men’s basketball team (4-14, 1-5 American Athletic Conference) suffered another conference defeat at the hands of Tulsa (10-7, 4-1 AAC) 89-82 on Wednesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

This is Tulane’s fifth conference loss this season, having already fallen to University of Memphis and Southern Methodist University. The Wave’s only conference win has come against University of Southern Florida on Jan. 11 with the Wave surpassing the Bulls 82-67.

In the first four minutes against Tulsa, Tulane was able to secure brief leads, but the advantage soon waned. By the 12th minute of the half, Tulsa had regained the lead from the Wave and would maintain it for the rest of the game.

The beginning of the second half found the Wave down 42-28, but it continued to fight back.

The Wave scored on seven of its first 11 shots to start the second half. Tulane outscored the Golden Hurricane 54-47 in the second half, but even with four 3-pointers in the final 1:30, Tulane could not complete its rally.

Despite the loss, redshirt junior guard Cameron Reynolds earned his second double-double of the season with his team-leading 20 points and 12 rebounds. Reynolds’ first double-double of the season came against Southern Mississippi on Dec. 10.

Sophomore guard Kain Harris added 15 points to Tulane’s nightly total, making this his sixth game in a row with double-digit points. Sophomore guard Melvin Fraizer was not far behind with 14 points, and freshman guard Ray Ona Embo contributed 10 points of his own.

The Wave finished the night 40 percent on both field goal attempts and 3-point attempts and scored 17 points off of 17 Tulsa turnovers.

Up next, Tulane men’s basketball will return home to face off against the 16-2 (AAC) Cincinnati Bearcats at 3 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse.