NEW ORLEANS, La. – Marcus Kinzer's last-second runner was off the mark as a second-half Tulane comeback was thwarted by UNO, 55-54, in men's college basketball action on Tuesday evening at Lakefront Arena.
After taking a 54-53 lead on a post move by Quincy Davis with 41.2 seconds remaining, UNO sophomore guard Bo McCalebb scored inside with 33.4 on the clock. A pair of Privateer fouls put them at the limit and the Green Wave used its final timeout with 9.3 clocks to go. On the ensuing in-bounds play, McCalebb tipped the pass off Marcus Kinzer's leg and out-of-bounds, forcing the Wave to foul immediately on UNO's in-bounds.
A missed front end of the one-and-one by McCalebb was rebounded by the Wave and Kinzer drove the length of the court, lofting an off-balance runner to the rim, but it hit the front of the rim and bounced away as the horn sounded, giving the Privateers the victory.
"It just came down to you've got to make plays at the end of the game," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "Bo McCalebb made them and that was the difference."
Tulane (1-3) trailed by as many as 11 in the second half, but battled all the way back to knot the game at 47 on a tip-in Ivan Pjevcevic with 5:17 to go. A jumper by UNO's Ben Elias was quickly out-done by Pjevcevic, who knocked down a three-pointer with 5:17 on the clock for a 50-49 Green Wave lead.
Jamie McNeilly scored on a fast-break pull-up jumper with 3:17 remaining and Kinzer drive for an open layup at 2:13, before McCalebb made a big shot with 1:06 to go, making it 53-52.
Davis followed with his inside score, but those were the last points of the evening for the Green Wave.
The Wave held UNO to just 21 points in the second half, using an aggressive zone defense, sparked by freshman Donnie Stith's play at the point of the defense.
"Usually, a man-to-man defense is seen as being aggressive, but for us, the zone was more aggressive in the second half," Finney said. "We made some shots and we defended well enough to win the game, but we have to get more consistent scoring."
Kinzer was the lone Green Wave player in double figures with 15 points, while Pjevcevic added a season-high nine points and five rebounds while playing all 19 of his minutes in the second half. Sophomore Kory Castine added eight points and nine rebounds.
Tulane held UNO (3-3) to just 36.4 percent (20-of-55) shooting, including 1-of-12 from three-point range in the second half, but the Green Wave shot just 39.7 percent (23-of-58) itself. Tulane commited 12 turnovers to UNO's six and was outscored 17-8 from those turnovers.
"This team has got to buckle down and play basketball and we've got to learn how to win," Finney said.
The Green Wave returns to action on Friday evening, hosting next-door-neighbor Loyola at 7 p.m. at Fogelman Arena. For ticket information, call 504-861-WAVE.
Tulane Comes Up Short At UNO, 55-54
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