No. 14 Houston wins at Tulane, 81-67 – Crescent City Sports

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University Men’s Basketball (12-12) lost to the No. 14 University of Houston Cougars (22-5) by a score of 81- 67 Wednesday night inside the Avron B. Fogelman Arena at Devlin Fieldhouse.

With the loss, the Green Wave fell to 9-6 at the American, good for fourth place in the conference.

“It hurts, it really hurts,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “When I got here and we lost to Memphis and Houston, it didn’t hurt. We’re going to take some time off and come back ready for our last three games.

Tulane was passed by Houston 43-28. The Cougars scored nine second-chance points against the Wave’s three.

Jalen Cook led the wave with 19 points and Kevin Cross had 16. Sion James had a solid game, dropping 13 points on five-for-eight shooting, along with three rebounds and three assists.

The Cougars enter the game with America’s leading offense, averaging 76.1 points per game. Tulane managed to limit Houston to 40% shooting in the first period, including a streak where the Cougars shot one for nine from the field late in the first half.

Jalen Cook led the way in the first half for the flurry, scoring ten points and knocking down two threes.

Neither team trailed by more than five in the period, but Houston took a 32-27 lead into the break, holding Tulane 35.7 percent from the field.

Tulane was able to put Houston’s second leading scorer and rebounder, Josh Carlton, at fault early. Carlton committed two fouls in the first two minutes of the game and did not play for the rest of the half.

Houston started the second half strong, hitting seven of its first ten shots and extending the lead to 13 points. Carlton committed two more quick fouls in the second half, sending him to the bench with 15 minutes left in the period.

Tulane couldn’t take advantage of Carlton’s absence, as Houston held the Wave at bay in the second half. After Houston’s run, Tulane couldn’t cut the deficit to less than five as the Cougars proved too physical for the green wave down the stretch.

“I can’t tell you how proud I was to be Tulane’s head basketball coach today,” said Ron Hunter. “Thank you to the students and everyone who came. We lost the game, but I’m proud of the program today.

• Jaylen Forbes made his 47th consecutive start, the most of the team.
• Tulane has scored at least one 3-pointer in 250 consecutive games. The last time the Green Wave failed to do so was on January 16, 2014 at home against Louisiana Tech when they went 0 for 14 away from home.
• Tulane won the turnover battle (4-8) for the 20th time this season.
• It’s the 21st time this season that three or more players have scored in double figures.
• Match attendance was 2,707.

Tulane travels to Philadelphia to face Temple on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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