Florida St. edges Tulane women _lowres

Associated Press file photo by Mark Wallheiser Tulane forward Harlyn Wyatt returns home when the Green Wave face Georgia Tech in the second round of the WNIT on Monday night in Atlanta.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Shakayla Thomas scored 26 points and Adut Bulgak added 18 points to help No. 6 Florida State beat Tulane 78-72 on Thursday night.

Both players also had 10 rebounds as the Seminoles (1-1) were able to bounce back from an opening loss at Florida on Monday night.

Florida State led for most of the second half, though the Seminoles weren’t able to get any breathing room until midway through the fourth quarter.

Kolby Morgan’s jumper brought the Green Wave to 66-62 with 3:51 remaining, but Florida State scored eight straight points to take control.

Kai James had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Seminoles off the bench.

Morgan led Tulane (2-1) with 26 points, and Leslie Vorpahl had 11 points and eight rebounds.

The Seminoles had a 50-32 rebounding advantage, including 19 on the offensive end.

Because of the advantage on the boards, Florida State outscored Tulane 36-20 in the paint and had a 20-9 edge in second-chance points.

Tulane was 9 of 19 on 3-pointers. Florida State missed its first four 3-pointers, all in the first half, but was 3 of 7 in the second half.


MEMPHIS 83, GRAMBLING 65: In Memphis, Tenn., Dedric Lawson scored 16 points as Memphis broke away in the second half to defeat Grambling and give coach Josh Pastner his 150th win.

K.J. Lawson added 13 points for Memphis, Trahson Burrell 12 and Ricky Tarrant, Jr. added 12.

The 38-year-old Pastner has the second-most wins in Division I basketball among the 37 coaches under age 40.

Mark Gray, Nigel Ribeiro and Ervin Mitchell scored 13 points each for Grambling (1-2), which lost at Ohio State on Tuesday. The Tigers shot 55 percent in the first half (13 of 25 with five 3-pointers) and trailed just 40-36.

But Memphis outscored Grambling 43-29 after halftime and made 28 points at the free-throw line during the game to Grambling’s 12.

K.J. Lawson made 8 of 10 at the foul line, Dedric Lawson went 6-for-10 and Tarrant 6-for-6.

NICHOLLS STATE 80, MOBILE 58: In Thibodaux, Ja’Dante’ Frye notched his first career double-double, scoring 21 points with a career-high 10 rebounds as Nicholls came on in the second half to defeat NAIA Mobile 80-58.

The feisty Rams (4-0 in NAIA play) shot 60 percent in the first half to lead 34-30 at halftime.

But the Colonels (1-1), after falling behind 36-30 after halftime, righted ship with a 10-0 run over the next 1:48 on 3-pointers from T.J. Carpenter and Luka Kamber, and layups from Frye and Liam Thomas.

Mobile, behind 18 points from James Davis, pulled to a 40-40 tie but Nicholls closed on a 13-5 run over the final 4:42, capping a 50-24 second half. The Colonels made 19 of 32 field goals after halftime (after hitting eight in the first half). Kamber scored 15 and Thomas 11.

Mario Greaves scored 10 points for Mobile, which committed 28 turnovers that gave Nicholls 33 points.