Tulane falls at Memphis, 80-69
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tulane men’s basketball team dropped a tough 80-69 loss to Memphis on Wednesday night inside the FedExForum. With the loss, the Green Wave move to 10-11 on the season and 7-5 in conference play.
Sophomore Jaylen Forbes led the Green Wave with another strong offensive effort totaling 24 points along with nine rebounds and four steals on the night. Joining Forbes in double-digits were freshman Jalen Cook with 11 points and Tylan Pope with 10 points of his own.
The Green Wave shot 33.3 percent from the field compared to the Tigers 44.3 percent performance. The Tigers took advantage of their size to have success in the painted area tallying 26 around the rim and outrebounding the Green Wave 49-26 in the contest.
In the first half, the Tigers got off to a hot start pulling out a quick 12-4 lead over Tulane. A three-pointer from Jadan Coleman sparked the Green Wave’s offense to go on a run and bring the score within one at 28-27 late in the half. The Tigers closed the half with another run of their own to hold the lead going into the locker room 37-30.
Memphis would come out of the locker room and go on a 15-6 run to extend its lead to 52-36 with 15:46 to play. Forbes began to heat up a few minutes later as he hit three three-pointers in a row and scored 10-straight points for Tulane to cut the deficit to seven with under 10 minutes to play.
Tulane continued to chip away at the Memphis lead climbing within five points at 68-63 with 4:40 remaining. That would be as close as the Green Wave would get down the stretch as the Tigers answered with five-straight points to push the difference back to double figures before closing out the contest 80-69.
Jalen Cook scored in double figures for the 19th time this season.
Jaylen Forbes has hit six three-pointers in back-to-back games.
Tulane has made at least one 3-point field goal in 247 consecutive games. The last time the Green Wave failed to do so came on Jan. 16, 2014 at home against Louisiana Tech when they went 0-for-14 from outside.
Tulane won the turnover battle (17-10) for the 18th time this season.
This is the 18th time this season three or more players have scored in the double-digits.
Tulane returns to action on Saturday, as it returns home to take on Temple and will tipoff at 1 p.m.
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