Northwestern State (5-2), now winners of five straight, came into the game shooting just 28.1 percent (27-of-96) from three-point range. The Demons were also red-hot from the line, knocking down 27-of-29 second-half free throws, including 15-of-16 in the final three minutes, as the Wave fouled frantically in the effort to catch up.
Tulane (2-4) was led by senior guard Marcus Kinzer, who scored 12 points and matched the school record with 13 assists. Junior Quincy Davis added 16 points sophomore Chris Moore scored a career-high 15 points. Freshman Taylor Rochestie was also in double figures with 10 points.
Northwestern State's Jermain Wallace was the epitome of his team for the night. He entered the game averaging 9.3 points per game and finished with a career-high 22 points, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. He was just 5-of-22 from downtown entering the game.
After pulling within two early in the second half, Northwestern State used four three-pointers to key a 17-4 run which made it 56-43 with 9:37 to go.
Tulane used a mini-rally early in the second half to close within two at 39-37 with 15:08 to go. A fast-break layup and a three-pointer by Moore and a David Gomez free throw went unanswered until the Demons responded as they did all game long, from long-range, as Kerwin Forges hit his only shot of the game for three and a 42-37 lead to jump-start the 17-3 Demon run.
The Wave was crushed by turnovers in the first half, handing the ball away 13 times, as NSU built a 33-27 lead. Those giveaways were converted into 23 points by the Demons, which offset a solid first half from Davis, who knocked down all five of his shots and blocked three shots.
The Green Wave will now have an 11-day break for final exams before returning to the court on Saturday, Dec. 18 against Savannah State at Fogelman Arena. For ticket information, call 504-861-WAVE.