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Basketball Comeback Falls Short at Tulane, 84-74

Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Communications Sr. Associate

NEW ORLEANS – Four LSU veterans combined to score 61 points and grab 31 rebounds, but the Tulane Green Wave was able to put together consecutive scoring possessions in the final 10 minutes of the first half that the Tigers could not overcome the rest of the night.

That added up to an 84-74 exhibition game win for Tulane over the Tigers Wednesday night at Avron B. Fogelman Arena at Devlin Fieldhouse in the NCAA allowed charity exhibition contest before 1,503 that raised money for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.

Duop Reath had a solid night for LSU with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Wayde Sims, starting at the other forward, had one of his best nights as a Tigers with 10 points and 11 rebounds (3 assists, no turnovers). Skylar Mays had 19 points and Brandon Sampson posted 11 to lead the Tigers.

Tulane was led by Jordan Cornish and Cameron Reynolds with 17 points and nine rebounds each. Samie Sehic had 16 points, while Colin Slater and Caleb Daniels had 11 each.

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The Tigers were able to stay with the Green Wave for much of the first 10 minutes of the game as Reath was able to get four buckets early as LSU took its first lead at 13-12 on a follow dunk by Reath and Daryl Edwards was able to complete a steal with a bucket and the LSU lead was 15-12 at the 12:10 mark of the first half.

The teams traded buckets with Sims putting LSU up 17-14 with 11:01 to go before the half, but Reynolds tied the game at 17-17 with 10:46 to go before the half to start an 11-0 run that moved the Wave up to 25-17 with 6:52 to go in the half.

The Tigers had a couple of stretches of 0-for-8 shooting in the last 10 minutes and finished the half 2-of-11 to shoot just 29 percent for the half as the Wave’s lead got to as much as 12, 35-23, with 2:13 to play.

Mayan Kiir came in late to do some good things for LSU, scoring three points, and Sims hit LSU’s last points of the half to close the game to eight, 37-29, at intermission.

The Tigers got off to a good start in the second half as Reath hit a jumper, Mays got a layup and grad transfer Randy Onwuasor (LSU’s other starter, six points) hit a jumper to just the game to 37-35 in favor of the Wave with 17:51 to play, forcing Tulane to call timeout.

But Tulane hit for six straight points and again the league was back to eight two minutes later. The lead would go to as much as 11 points, 58-47, on a Reynolds jumper with 8:36 to play.

The Tigers made one final major push as Reath made two free throws, Sampson made one free throw, Mays hit a layup and Sampson hit two more free throws to cut the game to four, 58-54, with 6:51 to play.

LSU was running the ball toward the goal for points and after a Tulane miss and a rebound by Sims, Mays was able to get a layup and LSU was back down again by just two, 58-56.

But just as the Tigers were able to get their offense rolling the defense was unable to come up with consecutive stops again and Tulane went on a 10-2 run to take the game to 68-60 with 4:06 to play and that was a bigger margin than LSU could come overcome.

For the night, LSU would shoot 28-of-77 or 36.4 percent, 16-of-36 in the final 20 minutes. LSU was just 4-of-24 from the arc (16.7%) and 14-of-22 from the free throw line (63.6%). Tulane was over 50 percent for both halves, hitting 32-of-59 for the contest (54.2%) and was 7-of-14 from the three-point arc. The Wave made 13-of-19 from the line.

LSU helped itself on the boards, out rebounding Tulane, 48-39, including a 19-3 advantage on the offensive boards. LSU had a 12-2 advantage in second chance points, but the Tulane bench outscored LSU, 30-7.

The Tigers turned the ball over five times in each half for 10 total, while Tulane fumbled away 15 possessions. Tulane would outscore LSU, 47-45, over the final 20 minutes.

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