Tulane Men’s Basketball Turns Offensive Clinic In Historic Win Over Tulsa

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) The Tulane University men’s basketball team defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 97-63 on Wednesday night at the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse.

The 34-point margin is the biggest win since entering the American Athletic Conference in 2014-15.

With the win, Tulane broke his two-game losing streak and moved to 5-3 in competition for the first time since joining the American Athletic Conference for the 2014-15 season and 8-9 overall.

Sophomore Jaylen Forbes led the way with 24 points and freshman Jalen Cook added 23.

The 34-point win was also Tulane’s biggest win in 33 matchups between the Green Wave and the Golden Hurricane. The second largest margin was 14 points on December 31, 1996.

“I’ve been trying to get consistency for 40 minutes and this was the first time I didn’t see that delay,” said Head Coach Ron Hunter. “That’s a sign that we’re growing up.”

Tulane played an almost flawless first half. The Green Wave shot 67 percent, including eight-to-twelve from behind the arc, and only flipped it twice while registering seven steals. The hot shooting and +8 sales margin resulted in a 52-31 rest for the Wave.

The Green Wave didn’t fade as they finished the game shooting 60 percent from the field and having a turnover margin of +9.

Kevin Cross led the Wave in the rebound with eight, while Tulane defeated Tulsa 31-26.

LAGNIAPPE

  • Jaylen Forbes made his 39e straight start and scored in double figures for the 33rd time in his career.
  • Tulane has scored at least one 3-point field goal in 243 consecutive games. The last time the Green Wave failed to do so was at home against Louisiana Tech on January 16, 2014 when they went 0-for-14 from the outside.
  • Tonight’s grid, consisting of Jaylen Forbes, Kevin Cross, Sion James, Jalen Cook and Devon Baker, was the seventh different starting rotation this season by the Green Wave.
  • Cross has now scored double figures in ten consecutive games.
  • The 52-point half was the most points Tulane has scored in each half since the second half of a home win over SMU on February 19, 2020.
  • With his 23 point effort, Cook surpassed 300 career points.
  • The 97 points Tulane scored were the most of the season.

NEXT ONE
Tulane will complete his two-game homestand on Saturday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. CT against Wichita State. The matchup will be broadcast on ESPNU.

{Press release courtesy of Tulane Athletics}

Tulane Men’s Basketball Turns Offensive Clinic In Historic Win Over Tulsa

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