CINCINNATI — Jonathan Stark’s 3-pointer with no time left on the clock lifted the Tulane men’s basketball team to a 50-49 American Athletic Conference victory over Cincinnati on Saturday at Fifth Third Arena.
Stark’s shot followed a layup by Cincinnati forward Gary Clark’s layup with four seconds left clock that gave the Bearcats a 49-47 lead.
The Green Wave sophomore guard took the inbound pass and drove the floor before launching a 25-foot shot that went through the basket as time expired.
“I’m really proud of our guys,” Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. “We’ve had so many close losses this year and we’ve spent a lot of time on getting our confidence back in late-game situations. Certainly I thought our guys had some poise down the stretch today. Time and time again today guys stepped up and gave us a great chance to win, and that’s all you can ask for. We’ve done a great job on the road this year.”
The win snapped a five-game season-long losing streak for Tulane and also marked the Green Wave’s first win over Cincinnati (27-8, 8-5) since Feb. 23, 1992, a span of 10 games.
Stark finished with nine points, six rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Jay Hook led Tulane (14-10, 5-7 American) with 18 points and eight rebounds. Hook knocked down four 3-pointers, including one that broke the fourth tie of the game with 4:01 remaining.
The game featured six ties and seven lead changes, including two ties and a pair of lead changes in the final minute.
Freshman forward Dylan Osetkowski and sophomore forward Payton Henson each added seven points off the bench for Tulane, while Henson grabbed six rebounds, and Osetkowski pulled down five.
Tulane, which shot 34.6 percent (18-52) from the floor and hit six-of-22 3-pointers, outrebounded Cincinnati 39-27. The Green Wave limited the Bearcats to six offensive rebounds.
Cincinnati shot 44 percent from the floor (22-50), but went 0-of-11 from 3-point range and knocked down just 5-of-13 free throw attempts.
Octavious Ellis led Cincinnati with 15 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
Tulane hosts UCF at 6 p.m. at Fogelman Arena on Thursday.