Samir Sehic admit it was tough having to sit out last season after transferring from Vanderbilt University.
But the wait is now over for the 6-foot-9 sophomore.
Sehic came off the bench to score 17 points and grab 14 rebounds as Tulane used a balanced attack in its season-opener 102-96 victory over LIU Brooklyn at Devlin Fieldhouse.
"Just sitting around last year was tough for me," said Sehic. "It built a big chip on my shoulder. But I was also able to learn a lot sitting around and watching these guys play. Being able to be competitive in practice and translate that into this game, into this season."
Sehic recorded his first career double-double after averaging just 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds as a freshman at Vanderbilt two seasons ago.
He was a key reason the Wave got their first season opening win since 2013 when they beat New Jersey Institute of Technology.
It was just the type of start to the season second-year coach Mike Dunleavy was hoping for.
Sehic was one of six players in double figures.
Cameron Reynolds led the way with 24 points, but was joined in double figures by Melvin Frazier (19), Jordan Cornish (17), Ray Ona Embo (11) and Colin Slater (10). Ona Embo also had a career high nine assists. Frazier's night included a pair of highlight reel dunks. On the second one, he drove the baseline and soared in for a windmill slam.
"We have a lot of guys who can score," Dunleavy said . "We've done a pretty good job of sharing the ball and we have recognized opportunities and mismatches. I think we took advantage of a lot of times tonight."
But the balanced attack wasn't the only numbers that pleased Dunleavy, whose team picked up right where they left off in exhibition wins over LSU and Loyola.
Tulane shot 51.4 percent from the floor, 80.8 percent from the free throw line and 37.5 percent from 3-pointers and hit the century mark for the first time under Dunleavy.
"Those numbers on a consistent basis are going to get you a lot of wins," Dunleavy said. "It was a tough matchup against a small quick team. They shot the 3 well. We didn't start of the game great but our guys steadied the ship and got good execution and stops on the defensive end."
Tulane, which trailed 13-4 early, knocked down seven 3-pointers in the first half to build a 52-38 lead.
"We didn't start off well but we steadied the ship," Dunleavy said.
Tulane finished 9 of 24 from beyond the arc.
Tulane's three starters from New Orleans carried the load to start the second half. Cornish, a Brother Martin grad, Frazier (Higgins) and Blake Paul (Landry-Walker) combined to score 22 of Tulane's 24 points in the second half to help Tulane extend its lead to 76-61. Frazier highlighted the stretch with two highlight reel dunks, including one where he drove the baseline for a windmill slam.
The Blackbirds, led by Raiquan Clark's 34 points, didn't go away and cut it to 98-96 late but never could regain the lead.
"The one thing I was disappointed in was we let them dribble and get to the rim too many times," Dunleavy said. "We have to work on that a little bit, but overall I think we executed well down the stretch. We bent a couple times but we didn't break."
Tulane will host Southeastern Louisiana on Monday night at 7.