Tulane is fighting, and so is Tulsa.
Someone will win a much-needed victory when the Green Wave visits the Golden Hurricane in an American Athletic Conference game in Tulsa, Okla, on Wednesday.
Tulsa (9-8, 6-6 AAC) have lost four of their last five games after missing a rally in Saturday’s second half against UCF. The Hurricane was 16 points behind in the second half and made a 17-3 run to get within a point but lost 65:58.
“We’re not a confident bunch at the moment,” said Tulsa coach Frank Haith. “We really struggle with our confidence.”
Haith lamented the “casual turnovers” of his team and his defense against the knights’ 3-point shooting. UCF only scored 41.5 percent of its field goals (22 out of 53), but 46.4 percent of its 3-pointers (13 out of 28).
“I thought UCF would be too comfortable to do three early and that’s exactly what happens,” said Haith. “You’re getting some confidence and you’re going to do some tough ones at the end. We didn’t defend the 3-point line very well.”
Tulsa and Tulane were originally scheduled to meet on January 23, but the game has been postponed due to COVID protocols as part of the Green Wave program.
Tulane (7-7, 2-7) led Cincinnati by seven points in the second half on Sunday before losing 64-61. Tulane have lost five of their last six games.
“When you feel like you’ve got the win under control and they just take it away from you, it hurts,” said Jordan Walker, who scored 13 points for the Green Wave. “It’s not the big things that make us lose. It’s the things that show that you have heart and that you are tough, and sometimes we’re just not tough enough.”
Tulane, who came into the game averaging 10.8 turnovers per game, signed a season high of 17 despite forcing the Bearcats to make another. The Green Wave Bank was outperformed by the Cincinnati Bank 21-6.
Tulane took the lead by 1:17, 61-60, but didn’t score again.
“It’s just one of those years when we can’t take a break,” said Green Wave coach Ron Hunter. “It wasn’t easy for us. Nothing was easy this year. We’ll make it.”
The game in Tulsa is Tulane’s first of four street games in eight days.
“If we had that win, our mindset would be better,” said Walker.
– Field level media