Reynolds scores 28 points, surpasses 1,000 for career in Tulane win over Alcorn

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NEW ORLEANS – Cameron Reynolds scored a season-high 28 points and eclipsed 1,000 for his career as the Tulane men’s basketball team sunk 14 3-pointers to defeat Alcorn State, 81-65, in non-conference action Wednesday evening at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse.

Reynolds matched a career-high with seven 3-pointers made which also rank as the second most in a single game in program history. He also contributed five rebounds, three assists and a game-high three blocks.

Samir Sehic shot 5-or-6 with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists off the bench for Tulane (6-1), while Melvin Frazier added 11 points. Ray Ona Embo also reached double-figures with 10 points, as Jordan Cornish compiled nine points, eight rebounds and led all players with five assists.

The Green Wave’s 14 treys tied for the third most in a game in school history and were the most since the program standard of 16 was set at UCF in January of 2015.

A.J. Mosby led Alcorn State (1-7) with 19 points and eight boards.

Tulane fell behind, 8-3, in the early going, but punched back with a 9-2 scoring run to take its first lead of the game, 12-10, on a 3-point play by Reynolds at the 13:58 mark.

An injury to Alcorn State’s Reginald Johnson with 13:33 to go stopped the game for approximately 10 minutes, as the Green Wave used a 20-0 run once played resumed to open up a 32-11 advantage with 5:51 to play.

Fouled on a 3-point attempt with 4:54 remaining in the period, Reynolds knocked down a pair of free throws to score career points No. 1,000 and 1,0001 to push the Green Wave’s lead to 34-14. The Braves were able to cut their deficit to as few as 13 points three times, the final time coming on a second chance layup with one second remaining, as Tulane took a 42-29 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Green Wave shot 12-for-27 (.444) from the field, 6-for-13 (.462) from 3-point range and 12-for-14 (.857) at the free throw line in the first half, while Alcorn State went 11-for-32 (.344) from the floor, 6-for-18 (.333) beyond the arc and made one of two attempts at the foul stripe.

Tulane used hot shooting to begin the 2nd half, making six of its first nine shots from the field, including three 3-pointers, to build a 59-38 margin with 14:47 remaining in the game.

Despite trailing by as many as 23 points, the Braves crept within just 13 points with just over four minutes remaining, but the Green Wave’s 50 percent shooting performance from the floor and eight 3-pointers in the second half proved to be too much in closing out the 16-point victory.

Tulane finished the night shooting 25-for-53 (.472) overall and 14-for-31 (.452) beyond the arc while making 17 of 24 (.708) free throws. Alcorn State went 25-for-64 (.391) from the floor and 11-for-33 (.333) from outside while going 4-for-6 (.667) at the stripe.

Tulane returns to action Sunday, December 3 for its second road matchup of the season at 13th-ranked North Carolina. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. (CT) and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

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