NEW ORLEANS — Tulane freshman Rickey Tarrant could not have timed his first major scoring outburst much better.
Tarrant highlighted a career-high 24-point outing with six 3-pointers and a pair of clutch free throws with 25 seconds left, and Tulane improved to 9-0 for the first time in two decades with a 57-52 victory over Georgia Tech in men’s college basketball Saturday.
Josh Davis scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Tulane, while Kendall Timmons scored nine points, including a steal and breakaway dunk to give the Green Wave the lead for good in the final 40 seconds.
Tulane hasn’t started 9-0 since winning its first 13 games in 1991-92, a season the Green Wave qualified for the NCAA tournament.
Glen Rice Jr. had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia Tech (4-4), which has dropped two straight. Jason Morris added 12 points for the Yellow Jackets.
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI 63, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 61, OT: In Cape Girardeau, Mo., Tyler Stone put in a layup with three seconds left in overtime to clinch the win for Southeast Missouri.
Stone had an 18-point, 17-rebound double-double for the Redhawks (4-4). Leon Powell had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Corey Wilford and Marland Smith scored 11 points apiece.
Roosevelt Johnson led the Lions (4-3) with 15 points, while Brandon Fortenberry had 14.
Trailing 54-45 with 3:20 left in regulation, the Lions ran off nine straight points capped by Fortenberry’s two free throws with 18 seconds to go.
When the Redhawks’ Marcus Brister missed two foul shots with 2 seconds remaining, the game went to overtime.
Two more free throws by Fortenberry lifted the Lions into a 61-61 tie with 1:17 left in overtime. Each team then missed a shot before Stone’s winner.
Fortenberry’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer failed.
LAMAR 80, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 63: In Beaumont, Texas, Mike James had 25 points and seven rebounds off the bench for Lamar.
James played a team-high 36 minutes and was 11 of 17 from the field. Anthony Miles added 16 points, six rebounds and eight assists for the Cardinals (5-3), and Devon Lamb had 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Raymone Andrews had 16 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Ragin’ Cajuns (4-6), and Josh Brown added 13 points and nine rebounds.
LOUISIANA TECH 73, LOUISIANA-MONROE 71: In Monroe, Raheem Appleby scored 19 points and Louisiana Tech held off Louisiana-Monroe.
The Bulldogs (3-4), coming off a 72-69 overtime loss to Southeastern Louisiana, opened up a 25-15 lead, but the Warhawks (1-7) closed to 32-29 at halftime.
The Bulldogs regained the lead but couldn’t pull away until Cordarious Johnson’s 3-pointer sparked a 9-0 run and a 65-57 advantage.
Louisiana-Monroe got to 72-71 on two Charles Winborne free throws with 4 seconds left. After Romario Souza hit 1 of 2 free throws for the final margin, Hansberry missed a 3-pointer with 1 second remaining.
Fred Brown scored 17 to lead Louisiana-Monroe.
LOUISIANA COLLEGE 63, SUL ROSS 58: In Pineville, Korey Salmon scored 17 points, had eight rebounds and blocked five shots to lead the Wildcats in an American Southwest Conference game.
Jelani Mitchell added 15 points, four assists and five steals for LC (3-1, 3-1 ASC), and Jarrod Jackson scored 12 points.
Colton Thompson had 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for Sul Ross.
XAVIER 78, CONCODIA (ALA.). 61: In New Orleans, Nick Haywood scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half for NAIA’s No. 21 Xavier.
Denzell Erves had 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots for the Gold Rush (5-2).Cordell Hadnot had 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Travis Rasco scored 22 points for Concordia (3-8).
EMMANUEL 65, LOYOLA 55: In New Orleans, Graham Maxwell scored 12 points, Luke Miller 11 and John Pennerat 10 for Emmanuel (6-4, 2-2 Southern States Athletic Conference.
Cameron Cates scored 17 points for Loyola (6-4, 1-3). McCall Tomeny had 13 points and six rebounds; and Robert Lovaglio had 12 points, eight rebounds, three three blocks and three steals.