GREENVILLE, N.C. — The Tulane men's basketball team played into extra time at East Carolina and came out on top 71-69 on Wednesday, clinching a crucial American Athletic Conference win at Minges Coliseum.
Melvin Frazier led all players with 22 points and added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Cameron Reynolds added 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Jordan Cornish also had 10 points for the Green Wave (13-8, 4-5), who were coming off a disappointing 80-75 loss to South Florida on Thursday at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Shawn Williams led five ECU players in double-digit scoring with 15 points. Kentrell Barkley added 12 points, 18 rebounds and four assists. B.J. Tyson also scored 12 points, while K.J. Davis and Isaac Fleming chipped in 10 apiece for the Pirates (8-13, 2-8 AAC).
The Green Wave scored on their first two shots of the game and held a 19-15 edge with 9:19 to go in the first half.
ECU took the lead with five straight points, but Tulane ripped off a 7-0 run of its own, capped by Reynolds' second 3-pointer of the night, to pull back in front 26-20 with 4:42 left.
The Green Wave later went on another 7-0 run to build its first double-digit lead of the game, 35-25, down to the 2:03 mark. Tulane took a 39-28 advantage into the locker room.
Despite going five minutes without making a basket, Tulane remained in front 55-50, but a 7-0 burst by ECU gave the Pirates their first lead of the second half, forcing the Green Wave to call a timeout with 7:34 to go.
Three ties and four lead changes summarized the next five minutes of action, as ECU held a 63-62 lead with 2:58 left, but a three-point play by Cornish on the Wave's next possession put his team back in front by a pair.
Neither team scored for over two minutes until Frazier tipped in a missed basket to push the margin to four, 67-63 with 9 seconds to go. The Pirates made a basket and drew a foul with 5 seconds remaining, but missed the free throw to remain down by two.
After a missed free throw by Tulane, ECU called a timeout with just 2 seconds remaining. A length-of-the-court pass by Barkley fell into Tyson's hands as he turned and fell forward, sinking an acrobatic layup to tie the game at 67 with 0.8 remaining, sending the game to overtime.