MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Tulane's early-season hot shooting cooled a bit Sunday night in the Jamaica Classic, but the Green Wave found a way to stay unbeaten anyway.
Melvin Frazier totaled 23 points, 14 rebounds and three assists to spark Tulane to a 63-55 victory over Fordham.
Frazier did stay hot, sinking 8 of 10 shots from the floor, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range, and 5 of 7 from the free-throw line for the Green Wave (4-0). Jordan Cornish finished with 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while Samir Sehic scored 13.
Tulane shot 45.2 percent from the floor, its first time worse than 50 percent in three regular-season games and two exhibitions. The Wave had scored 80 or more points in each of those five contests.
Nevertheless, Tulane is 4-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
Fordham led 29-27 at halftime, but the Rams went scoreless over the first 3:28 of the second half. Prokop Slanina's 3-pointer ended the drought and pulled Fordham within 33-32. But Frazier had a dunk and a layup, Sehic added a three-point play and Tulane used a 9-1 run for a 42-33 lead.
Fordham suffered through another scoring drought that nearly reached four minutes and the deficit grew to double digits. The Rams got no closer than six points the rest of the way.
Will Tavares topped the Rams (1-3) with 19 points. Perris Hicks had 11 points and four of Fordham's 15 steals on the night.
The two teams were playing each other for just the second time. Tulane beat Fordham 80-69 in 1999.
Tulane returns home to face Miami (Ohio) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Devlin Fieldhouse.