ORLANDO – Seeded 10th in the Aaron’s 2018 American Athletic Conference Championship, the Tulane men’s basketball team made a late rally that fell just short in an 82-77 defeat to No. 7 seed Temple in the tournament’s first round on Thursday night at the Amway Center.
Tulane (14-17) was led by Cameron Reynolds’ game-high 22 points, while Melvin Frazier added 15 points. Samir Sehic chipped in 11 points off the bench, as Ray Ona Embo scored 10 points with five assists. Reynolds’ three 3-pointers gave him 193 for his career, tying Jerald Honeycutt for the second most in program history.
Obi Enechionyia led four Temple (17-14) scores in double-figures with 19 points and made five treys, as Shizz Alston, Jr., contributed 17 points and eight assists. Josh Brown added 15 points and six rebounds, while J.P. Moorman put up 10 points off the bench.
The Green Wave owned a 37-29 rebounding advantage and outscored Temple, 22-18, in the paint and 11-10 on second chances, but were edged, 16-8, in points off turnovers and 18-15 off the bench.
Tulane made three of its first four shots and scored the first six points of the game just two minutes into the action, before opening up an early 13-4 advantage after a Frazier 3-pointer with 16:02 remaining in the first half. The Green Wave made six of their first eight attempts to build the early advantage, while the Owls made just one of their first six shots and got five of their first seven points at the free throw line.