NEW ORLEANS — Jordan Callahan’s career-high 27 points and a 17-point, 11-rebound performance from Josh Davis led the Tulane men’s team to a 76-52 victory against Nebraska-Omaha on Friday afternoon at Devlin Fieldhouse.
With the victory, the Green Wave (2-1) moved to 2-0 in the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic and will host Chicago State at 1 p.m. Sunday before traveling to Lincoln, Neb., to face the Cornhuskers on Wednesday to conclude the four-game event.
Tulane led 35-21 at halftime and held a double-digit lead throughout the second half.
Tulane shot 45.5 percent, including hitting 8 of 24 3-pointers. The Green Wave also knocked down 18 of 23 shots from the free throw line.
“Our guys played hard from start of finish on both ends of the court today, especially on the defensive end,” Tulane coach Ed Conroy said in a release. “We did a nice job shutting down some of their best shooters.”
Omaha (1-3) lost for the second straight game and will face Nebraska on Sunday.
Texas Southern 74, UL-Lafayette 71 (OT): In Houston, the Ragin’ Cajuns erased a 10-point halftime deficit but fell in overtime at H&PE Arena.
Bryant Mbamalu and Elfrid Payton who scored all of their points in the second stanza for ULL (1-1). Mbamalu (20 points) and Payton (15) carried the Cajuns to a 46-36 second-half edge that resulted in overtime.
In the extra period, Ray Penn’s 3-pointer from the left corner at 1:44 drew Texas State (1-2) even at 70, then two free throws from Dexter Ellington at 0:40 gave the hosts the lead for good.
No. 14 Missouri 74, Nicholls 54: In Columbia, Mo., Alex Oriakhi had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Earnest Ross added 16 points for Missouri (3-0).
Nicholls (0-2) took advantage of eight Missouri turnovers in the first half, scoring nine points off the miscues to trail just 32-25. But the Colonels turned it over 10 times in the second, and Missouri converted them into 17 points.
Fred Hunter scored 22 points, and T.J. Carpenter added 14 for Nicholls.
Nicholls 85, UL-Monroe 60: In Thibodaux, Nicholls State (3-1) never trailed and led by as many as 30 to beat UL-Monroe (0-3) at Stopher Gym.
Five Colonels finished in double figures, led by LiAnn McCarthy with 17 points. The Colonels’ bench scored 42 points. ULM’s Ashleigh Simmons finished with a career-high 22 points and added 12 rebounds.