Green Wave Stopped 73-62 on the Road by TCU

Marcus Kinzer registered a career-high 20 points for the second straight game, but once again it was not enough for Tulane as the Green Wave fell 72-62 to TCU in Conference USA men's basketball action on Wednesday evening at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

FORT WORTH, Texas – Marcus Kinzer registered a career-high 20 points for the second straight game, but once again it was not enough for Tulane as the Green Wave fell 72-62 to TCU in Conference USA men's basketball action on Wednesday evening at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Tulane (6-8, 0-3 C-USA) led for much of the first half and into the second half, but TCU (11-5, 1-1) had a great effort from guard Corey Santee (game-high 23 points) to take charge of the game. The Horned Frog senior buried a pair of free throws to tie the game at 36 with 18:15 remaining and then followed with a three-pointer to put TCU on top, 39-36 with 17:23 on the clock.

After Tulane's Vytas Tatarunas hit a three-pointer from the top of the key, the Green Wave was down just one at 46-45, but TCU went on a 10-3 run as the Wave fell behind 56-48. During the nearly four-minute stretch, Tulane missed four shots and turned the ball over three times.

"Turnovers were the difference in the game," Tulane coach Shawn Finney said. "No doubt about it. We did not value the basketball and we gave them too many opportunities. If we cut our turnovers to 13, which is our goal, that is 10 more possessions and changes the game completely."

The Green Wave finished the game with a season-high 23 turnovers and TCU took advantage by scoring 10 points off the turnovers. The Horned Frogs had just 12 turnovers.

Over the final 11 minutes of the game, Tulane was held to 14 points, 11 of those coming from Kinzer. TCU meanwhile, scored 21 over that stretch to wrap up its first league victory.

Tulane held TCU to just 36.9 percent (24-of-65) shooting, but shot 39.7 percent (23-of-58) itself. The Wave also held a 42-39 edge in rebounding.

"Defensively, we played a good game," Finney said. "And offensively, we played well enough to win, other than the turnovers."

In addition to his 20 points, Kinzer finished with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and just one turnover while playing the entire 40 minutes. The senior guard had also scored 20 points on Saturday against Marquette. Quincy Davis was the only other Green Wave player in double figures with 13 points.

The Green Wave led for the entire first half until TCU had back-to-back layups to go on top 31-28 with 1:17 remaining in the half. However, two free throws from Taylor Rochestie and an off-balance jumper from Ben Benfield closed out the first-half scoring with the Wave on top, 32-31.

Tulane returns to action this Saturday, hosting DePaul at the New Orleans Arena at 2 p.m. Tickets for the game are available by calling 504-861-WAVE.


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