TAMPA, Fla. — Jay Hook scored 16 points, Jonathan Stark added 15 and the Tulane men posted a 67-63 win over South Florida in their regular-season finale Saturday.
Payton Henson added 13 points to help Tulane to its second win in 12 games. The Green Wave (15-15, 6-12) will play in the American Athletic Conference tournament, which begins Thursday in Hartford, Connecticut. Tulane will learn its opponent after Sunday’s AAC games are completed.
“Today’s win was big for us, and we were able to play good basketball and establish ourselves as we head into the conference tournament,” Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. “This win was very good for our confidence, especially for some of the guys who came off the bench and played well. ... I thought our guards broke out of their respective shooting slumps, but most importantly today gave us a lot of confidence as a team and this is how we need to play when we head to Connecticut next week. We had a lot of great efforts today.”
Tulane ended the first half on an 11-2 run to take a 32-21 lead at halftime, but USF answered at the start of the second with seven straight points and hung within five the rest of the way. The Bulls got in front three times until Stark hit a jumper with 4:53 remaining to give Tulane the lead for good.
Troy Holston Jr. led USF (9-22, 3-15) with 21 points, Nehemias Morillo chipped in 16 and Anthony Collins had 10 rebounds. The No. 11 seed Bulls will play No. 6 UConn in the AAC tournament Thursday.