Green Wave Men Upended By Louisiana Tech, 69-66

A pair of free throws from freshman Taylor Rochestie pulled Tulane (0-2) within two at 68-66 with a minute to go; and then the Wave defense forced a turnover. However, the Green Wave turned it back over to Louisiana Tech on the ensuing possession and was called for an intentional foul with 12.2 seconds to go, giving the Bulldogs two foul shots and the ball

BATON ROUGE, La. – Tulane University could not overcome an amazing individual effort by Louisiana Tech big man Paul Millsap as the Green Wave was held off, 69-66, by the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon in the consolation game of the Louisiana Basketball Classic at LSU.

Millsap scored 25 points and had 14 rebounds, including 10 offensive , as well as four blocked shots to carry Louisiana Tech (1-1).

"He's a beast on the glass," Tulane coach Shawn Finney said. "A lot of people are going to have trouble with him. If I yelled rebound once, I yelled it a 150 times, but he is just relentless in there."

A pair of free throws from freshman Taylor Rochestie pulled Tulane (0-2) within two at 68-66 with a minute to go; and then the Wave defense forced a turnover. However, the Green Wave turned it back over to Louisiana Tech on the ensuing possession and was called for an intentional foul with 12.2 seconds to go, giving the Bulldogs two foul shots and the ball.

To make things interesting, the Bulldogs missed both free throws and then missed the front end of a one-and-one and Ben Benfield rebounded for Tulane giving the Wave a chance with 11 seconds to go and trailing by two. However, Millsap rose to the occasion, swatting away a Vincent Camper drive.

Louisiana Tech added one more free throw after a Wave foul with 2.4 seconds to go and the Green Wave's last second effort hit the rim and bounded away as the buzzer sounded.

"In the last three minutes of close games, you need to make plays in order to win," Finney said. "We didn't do that and they did."

Tulane was led by Quincy Davis, who tallied 19 points and seven rebounds, while Rochestie added 13 points and Camper had 10.

For the game, the Wave was outrebounded, 37-22, while Louisiana Tech had a 46-30 advantage in points in the paint and 25-11 in second-chance points. Tulane shot 53.1 percent (26-of-49) from the field while the Bulldogs hit 50.8 percent (31-of-61) of their shots. The Green Wave had just three second-half turnovers after turning it over 11 times in the first half.
,br> "It boiled down to offensive rebounds and Millsap," Finney said. "Offensive rebounds are toughness plays; often with a tough team it takes time to build toughness."

The Wave trailed by as many as 11 in the game, but in the second half, the Green Wave battled back behind the efforts of Camper and Rochestie, who combined for 19 second-half points.

"I can't say enough about Taylor," Finney said. "He is a coach on the floor, directing things on the court, telling guys where they need to be; and he is making plays himself."

Trailing 64-57 with 5:16 to go after a Wayne Powell jumper, rattled off seven straight points to knot the game at 64 with 3:53 remaining. Marcus Kinzer started the run with an old-fashioned three-point play and Rochestie capped it with a 15-foor pull-up jumper on the break. However, the Wave would not connect on another field goal in the game.

A jumper from Daevon Haskinks and a Millsap layup put the Bulldogs on top 68-64 with 1:13 to go, before Rochestie's free throws cut the deficit back to two.

Tulane returns to action on Saturday evening, opening its home schedule at Fogelman Arena against Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 504-861-WAVE.


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