FORT WORTH, Texas – Tulane men’s basketball cruised past the Temple Owls 69-60 to advance to the American Conference tournament semifinals on Wednesday night. The Green Wave takes on No. 1 seed Houston tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. CT.
This will be the second time as a member of the American that Tulane has advanced to the semifinals of the AAC Tournament.
With the victory, Tulane improves to 14-14 on the year, tying its most wins in a single season since the 2017-18 campaign.
Tulane’s nine-point victory is its biggest margin of victory in the AAC tournament.
Zion James had a stellar night, tallying a career high in assists with nine and in blocks with five. The second had nine points with a perfect 4-4 from the field and 1-1 from beyond the arc.
Three players hit double-digits tonight with Kevin Cross leads the way with 18 points going 8-10 from the field while grabbing nine rebounds. DeVon Baker totaled 15 overnight and Jaylen Forbes nailed 12 of his own while bringing back nine rebounds.
Tulane shot 52.0 percent from the field and 86.0 percent from the free throw line. The Wave defense held the Owls to a clip of 28.0 percent from the field and 31.0 percent from three-point range.
The wave led for almost a minute of tonight’s game, never allowing the Owls to get more than a one-point lead. Halfway through the first Temple, he tied it at 15, but the flurry got angry as he unleashed a quick seven-point run sealed by a Cross dunk. Tulane would head into the second half with a 36-27 lead over the Owls.
The green wave would continue to dominate in the second half, not allowing the Owls to lead once. With what advertisers would call the “icing on the kings cake” was a flat Forbes to Cross to put wave 12 at the end of the second half. Temple would try to close the gap, but Tulane would take the contest by nine to advance.
- Forbes made his 51st straight start, the most of the team.
- Tulane has made at least one 3-pointer in 254 consecutive games. The last time the Green Wave failed to do so was on January 16, 2014 at home against Louisiana Tech when they went 0 for 14 away from home.
- James’ five blocks are the most played by a Tulane player in the AAC tournament.
- It’s the 25th time this season that three or more players have scored in double figures.
- Cross and Forbes nine rebounds tie the most by a Tulane player in the AAC tournament.
Tulane will face Houston at 2 p.m. CT tomorrow in the semifinals. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
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