Tulane falls at Wichita State, 77-62
WICHITA, Kan. – The Tulane men’s basketball team trailed by just six at halftime, but a slow start to the second half proved to be the difference in a 77-62 road loss at Wichita State in American Athletic Conference action Saturday night at Charles Koch Arena.
Connor Crabtree scored a career-high 17 points and went 4-for-4 beyond the 3-point arc, while Caleb Daniels added 17 more. Samir Sehic chipped in 11 points and Jordan Cornish contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Tulane (4-18, 0-10 AAC).
The American’s leading scorer, Markis McDuffie tallied a game-high 25 points with eight rebounds, while Erik Stevenson had 13 and Samajae Haynes-Jones added 12 for Wichita State (12-11, 5-6 AAC), which won its fourth straight game.
The Shockers scored the first nine points of the second half and used an 11-1 scoring run to build a 15-point advantage, before creating their first 20-point lead on a 3-pointer with 12 minutes left in the game.
Tulane ripped off a 10-0 run of its own over a five-minute span that was capped by a straightaway, mid-range jumper by Zhang to split the margin in half with the score 58-48 and 6:13 remaining.
The Green Wave drew no closer however, as Wichita closed out a 15-point win.
Tied at 14 just over seven minutes into the action, the Shockers got five straight points from McDuffie on a 3-pointer and breakaway dunk to pull ahead for the remainder of the half.
Wichita State led by as many as 11 with 7:35 left in the first half. Although the Green Wave cut the deficit to as few as five on multiple occasions, the Shockers took a 41-35 edge into the locker room at halftime.
Tulane returns to New Orleans to host Tulsa on Wednesday, February 14. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m., at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
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