Green Wave Lose To DePaul, 81-63

Kinzer tallied a team-best 18 points while also matching his career-high with 10 rebounds and dishing out six assists, but DePaul committed just seven turnovers and took advantage of 16 Green Wave turnovers. The Blue Demons scored 23 points off turnovers, while Tulane had just four

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Despite a double-double from senior guard Marcus Kinzer, Tulane University fell to DePaul University, 81-63, in Conference USA men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the New Orleans Arena.

Kinzer tallied a team-best 18 points while also matching his career-high with 10 rebounds and dishing out six assists, but DePaul committed just seven turnovers and took advantage of 16 Green Wave turnovers. The Blue Demons scored 23 points off turnovers, while Tulane had just four.

DePaul (10-4, 2-1 C-USA) was led by senior Quemont Greer, the leading scorer in Conference USA, who tallied 24 points to go with 10 rebounds.

After a Kinzer jumper made it 6-5 in favor of Tulane (6-9, 0-4 C-USA), DePaul tallied five straight points to take the lead for good.

A pair of Castine free throws pulled the Wave within three at 28-25 with 5:24 to go in the half, but Tulane was limited to just four free throws the rest of the stanza (two from Kinzer and two from Quincy Davis). DePaul, meanwhile, closed out the half with 14 points to hold a 42-29 advantage at the break.

"It was the same old song and dance," Tulane coach Shawn Finney said. "We were playing pretty well and then they go on a 10-2 run before halftime. That took any momentum away from us.

"Turnovers have been our nemesis, we've talked and talked about it, but sometimes the guys are so conscious of turnovers, that we play a little tentative."

Tulane pulled within eight when Taylor Rochestie knocked down a nifty runner off the glass to make it 49-40 with 15:30 to go in the game. However, DePaul answered with a pair of free throws from Greer, and a pair of fast-break hoops from Cliff Clinkscale and Greer to make it 54-40 with 14:14 on the clock.

The Wave cut it to 12 on three more occasions, twice on Kinzer free throws and once on a Kory Castine putback, but the Blue Demons answered each time, pushing the margin to as many as 20.

"Give our guys credit," Finney said. "We never put our heads down; we fought for the entire game."

In addition to Kinzer's performance, Tulane had career-highs from freshmen David Gomez and Matt Wheaton, who each scored 11 points.

"Matt is playing with a lot more confidence," Finney said. "He's playing aggressive; he's getting better and better. We need another person who can be a consistent scorer."

Tulane returns to action on Wednesday evening, hosting UAB at Fogelman Arena at 7 p.m. The Blazers advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last season. For ticket information, call 504-861-WAVE.


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