NEW ORLEANS — Both Tomas Bruha and Josh Davis tallied double-doubles, and Tulane used a halftime-spanning run to cruise past San Diego 65-46 Sunday night to stay undefeated.
Davis scored 14 points with 15 rebounds while Bruha also had 14 points and added 10 rebounds for the Green Wave (7-0), who overcame an early deficit in the Hoops for Hope Classic.
Trailing 16-11 with just under seven minutes left in the opening half, Jordan Callahan knocked down a 3-pointer that started a 17-6 Tulane run into halftime for a six-point lead. Tulane led the rest of the way.
But the spree didn’t end just because the first half did, as the Green Wave opened the second with a Bruha dunk that sparked a 15-2 run for a 43-24 lead with 11:09 to play. Overall, Tulane produced a 32-11 halftime-spanning spree.
Davis scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half, and Bruha scored 12 of his 14 points in the final 20 minutes. Jay Hook came off the bench to add a career-best 13 points, including 10 in the first half to help spark Tulane.
“This is exactly what I wanted. I wanted our guys to feel what it is to play three games in three days, change sites and make them find a way to win,” Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. “Tonight we found ourselves up six at halftime after shooting just 26 percent. You have to figure out and find a way and different guys have to step up. That’s what happened tonight and I’m proud of our guys.”
Davis earned tournament MVP honors for Tulane, while Bruha was named to the all-tournament team.
Darian Norris led the Toreros (4-2) with 13 points.
UNO 63, ALCORN STATE 56: In New Orleans, Antonio Wertz scored 17 points to lead New Orleans over Alcorn State in the Hoops for Hope Classic.
With the game tied 7-7, the Privateers (4-4) exploded for a 24-3 run, capped by Brandon Knight’s jumper for a 31-10 lead with 5:09 left in the first half.
“The team came out with incredible energy and really was firing on all cylinders,” UNO coach Mark Slessinger said. “We were unselfish and it allowed us to have a great half as a team.”
The Braves, who had five turnovers during the run, went without a field goal from the 14:35 mark in the first half until 4:34 remained until halftime.
New Orleans, which shot 43.9 percent from the field (29-of-66), held Alcorn State (1-4) to 35.5 percent shooting (22-of-62). The Braves managed just 20 percent from 3-point range (2-of-10).
“We were really disappointed that we did not rebound the ball better in the second half,” Slessinger said. “Albert’s (Peterson’s) offensive rebound that became a dunk really helped get our team energized, turning the momentum back our way.
“We were excited to come out ahead against a really good basketball team. Alcorn has gotten better every day and should have a great year.”
New Orleans turned it over just eight times and tallied 13 assists as 12 players saw action.
Chris Brand had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Braves, and Twann Oakley had 16 points.
OREGON 95, NICHOLLS STATE 76: In Eugene, Ore., Amanda Johnson had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Oregon in the final game of the Global Sports Cage Classic.
Jasmin Holliday also had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Ducks, who are 6-0 for the first time since a 7-0 start to the 2004-05 season, the last time they made the NCAA tournament.
Danielle Love added 14 points for Oregon and Ariel Thomas scored 11 points.
Johnson, who has five double-doubles this season, was 10 of 18 from the field and scored 10 points early in the second half to turn the Ducks’ 58-47 halftime lead into a 73-55 advantage with 12:12 to play.
Alisha Allen scored 23 points and former St. Michael star KK Babin had 21 points, including 19 in the first half, to lead the Colonels (2-4).
NO. 19 TEXAS TECH 94, ULM 54: In Lubbock, Texas, Kelsi Baker had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Texas Tech.
Texas Tech (5-0) jumped to a 16-3 lead and led 37-19 at halftime. Louisiana-Monroe was 1-for-11 from the floor through the first eight minutes. The Lady Raiders built a 30-point lead with a 15-6 run to start the second half. They stretched it to 40 in the game’s final minute.
Texas Tech scored 60 points in the paint and got 50 from its reserves.
Ashleigh Simmons led ULM (0-7) with 17 points.
Monday’s men’s games
ULM AT NICHOLLS: In Thibodaux, Nicholls State will make its regular-season home debut at 6:30 p.m. Monday against the University of Louisiana at Monroe at Stopher Gym.
Chris Talkington leads Nicholls (1-5) with 14.5 points per game, while Trevon Lewis averages 13.6 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Fred Brown leads ULM (0-6) in scoreing at 15.7 points, and Charles Winborne averages 11.0 points. Fabio Ribeiro averages 4.8 rebound.
MCNEESE STATE AT NO. 20 CALIFORNIA: In Berkeley, Calif., McNeese State will tackle its first nationally ranked opponent at 9:30 p.m. Monday when the Cowboys visit No. 20 ranked California in Berkeley.
Patrick Richard leads McNeese (3-2) at 15.2 points per game, while Jeremie Mitchell average 13.4 points.
California (5-1) is led by Allen Crabbe with a 13.3 average.