Tulane Falls to St. Louis, 76-65

Tulane University could not overcome a 14-point offensive effort in the first half on Saturday evening at Fogelman Arena as Saint Louis University held off the Green Wave's 51 point second-half scramble to defeat the Wave, 76-65, in Conference USA men's basketball action. It was the final home game of the year for the Wave

Tulane University could not overcome a 14-point offensive effort in the first half on Saturday evening at Fogelman Arena as Saint Louis University held off the Green Wave's 51 point second-half scramble to defeat the Wave, 76-65, in Conference USA men's basketball action. It was the final home game of the year for the Wave.

Tulane (11-14, 4-10 C-USA) hit just 4-of-29 first-half shots (13.8 percent) as Saint Louis (15-10, 8-6) built its advantage to as many 22, leading 34-14 at the break.

In the second half, the Green Wave fell behind 55-32 at the 8:43 mark, but their shots finally started to fall. Marcus Kinzer nailed a three-pointer to start a 13-0 run, which was finished by a pair of freshmen as Vincent Camper scored seven in the stretch and Chris Moore added a three-pointer to pull the Wave within 10 at 55-45 with six minutes to go.

However, the Billikens steadied themselves and scored seven straight points to push the margin back to 17 and appeared to put the game out of reach with 4:08 to go.

But the Green Wave wasno't done. Trailing 66-53 with 1:26 remaining, Kinzer hit one-of-two free throws and then Ben Benfield stole the in-bounds and found Wayne Tinsley who was fouled. The senior hit both foul shots to make it a 10-point game with 1:09 to go.

"One thing I have to say is that we didn't quit," Tulane coach Shawn Finney said. "There was no quit in us. When you go 4-for-29, that is a difficult night. For them to battle back and come back, says a lot. We fought and fought and fought to the last second."

However, in the final minute of play, Saint Louis hit 10-of-10 free throws to offset a pair of turnovers.

Tulane was led by Kinzer who scored 14 points. Camper finished with a career-high 13 points, while Moore also hit double figures with 11 points. Sophomore Quincy Davis had nine points and nine rebounds. He also blocked four shots to raise his season total to 65, matching the school record held by Jody Nelson in 1996-97.

Saint Louis was led by Josh Fisher's 23 points, while Reggie Bryant scored 20 points.

The Green Wave shot 44.4 percent (16-of-36) to finish the game shooting 30.8 percent. SLU shot 47.8 percent (22-of-46) from the field while hitting 27-of-38 free throws (71.1 percent). Tulane hit 70.8 percent (17-of-24) of its foul shots.

"You're going to have games like that when you don't come out ready to play," Finney said. "I didn't think we were tuned in tonight. We couldn't shoot and we couldn't guard in the first half and they took advantage of us." Tulane plays its final two games of the regular season the road. The Green Wave plays at Southern Miss on Wednesday and then closes the regular season at Charlotte next Saturday.


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