Tulane drops contest to Southern 90-82 in Baton Rouge

Mackenna Barker, Online Sports Editor

Tulane men’s basketball (1-2, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) suffered a 90-82 disappointment to the Southern Jaguars (2-1, 0-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) Thursday night at F.G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

Tulane held a 20-12 lead midway through the first half, but the Wave allowed a 10-point run to give the Jaguars the lead. Southern led Tulane 39-35 at half and didn’t give up the lead again for the rest of the game.

Tulane struggled with turnovers all night and the Jaguars capitalized on the 15 turnovers, picking off 36 points from the Wave’s errors.

“When we had a chance with the lead in the first half, we didn’t take care of the basketball,” Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. “We had some careless turnovers.”

In the second half, graduate student forward Jernard Jarreau was called for a double technical and was ejected from the game with 6:47 left to play. The starter averaged 14 points per game as well as 4.5 rebounds per game in the first two games of the season. the game against Southern marked the second game in which Jarreau fouled out.

Redshirt junior guard Malik Morgan led the Wave in scoring with 18 points. However, without a true and experienced point on the team, the natural two guards have struggled fitting into that role as a facilitator. Morgan finished the night with three assists and four turnovers. Freshman guard Melvin Frazier, the other starting guard alongside senior guard Louis Dabney and Morgan, notched no assists and four turnovers.

Sophomore forward Dylan Osetkowski proved to be an inside menace for the Wave’s opponents again, securing his second double-double in three games with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Wave returns home this weekend to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers (2-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Devlin Fieldhouse.