TAMPA, Florida — The Tulane men’s basketball team placed four players in double-figures and snapped a six-game slide with a 79-68 American Athletic Conference win against South Florida on Saturday at the Sun Dome.
Tulane's Samir Sehic tied for a game-high with 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks off the bench, while Melvin Frazier scored 16 points to complement six rebounds and five assists. Caleb Daniels added 13 points and four assists in reserve, while Jordan Cornish compiled 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Tulane (14-14, 5-11 AAC) had just six turnovers and outscored USF (8-21, 1-15 AAC), 38-22 around the basket.
David Collins led four Bulls in double digits with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Stephon Jiggetts chipped in 14 points.
After trailing 5-2, Tulane got out on a 7-0 scoring run over a span of 100 seconds while making four of its first five shots from the floor down to the 15:40 mark, highlighted by a Frazier baseline drive and one-handed jam where he was fouled and completed a three-point play. The Green Wave made 8 of its first 12 attempts to open up their first double-digit advantage, 21-11.
USF got its deficit down into single digits multiple times, but the Wave led 41-28 at halftime.
The Green Wave shot 17-for-30 (.567) from the floor in the first half. The Bulls shot 9-for-23 (.391) overall, 2-for-7 (.286) beyond the arc and 8-for-14 (.571) at the foul line.
Cornish used his late first-half momentum and scored the Wave’s first five points of the second half before a Bul Ajang mid-range jumper made it 48-31, forcing USF to call a timeout with 17:38 remaining.
A 6-0 run over a span of 1:21, capped by a pair of free throws and a baseline jumper by Daniels, gave Tulane its first 20-point advantage of the day, 54-33. The Green Wave pulled ahead by 24 — the largest advantage in the game — on a 3-pointer by Sehic to make it 59-35 with 13:10 remaining.
Tulane returns home to host 11th-ranked Cincinnati for Senior Night at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at Fogelman Arena. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.