PEORIA, Ill. — Despite getting a season-high 29 points by senior Kendall Timmons, the Tulane men’s basketball team couldn’t hang on in a 77-72 loss to Bradley on Saturday night in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament at the Renaissance Coliseum.
The Green Wave (20-15) ended the season with the loss to the Braves (18-16). Bradley advanced to the quarterfinal round of the CIT.
“This was a heck of a basketball game,” Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. “Both teams played very well right from the start, especially on the offensive end. We made some big shots down the stretch and they made some big shots down the stretch. Certainly their last one was a key shot in the ballgame.”
The game saw nine ties and 10 lead changes, including the final lead change when Bradley’s Will Egoff hit a 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining to but the Braves up for good at 74-72. Bradley hit three of four free throws the rest of the way to secure the win.
Bradley led 71-66 with just over four minutes remaining before Tulane mounted a comeback with a jumper by Timmons, a 3-pointer from Callahan and a pair of free throws by Josh Davis that gave Tulane a 72-71 lead with 1:13 left before Egoff’s shot fell.
Tulane built as much as a 10-point lead, 27-17, with 11:31 remaining after a 9-0 run. Bradley answered with a 15-4 run of their own to retake a lead and eventually build a five point lead before the half ended.
The Green Wave the closed the half by scoring five straight points to head into the locker room at the break, tied at 45-45.
Davis finished with nine points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds. Louis Dabney added a career-high 11 points and Ricky Tarrant chipped in nine.
Egoff finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Bradley, while Sims-Edwards added 13 points and Walt Lemon Jr., had 12.
The Braves shot 51.7 percent from the floor in the game, including 50.0 percent, including 52.9 percent in the first half. The Braves hit just five-of-20 3-pointers and connected on 12-of-18 free throws.
Tulane connected on 40.0 percent of their shots from the floor, including draining 10-of-23 3-pointers. The Green Wave also hit 22-of-27 from the line with Timmons knocking down 13-of-15 by himself, including a stretch of 13 straight.