Men’s basketball drops final two games to SMU and Tulane

7 March 2017
Joseph Edmunds, Sports Writer

The men’s basketball team ended their season with two losses to Southern Methodist and Tulane, dropping to the seventh seed in the American Athletic Conference. The seeding gives them a rematch with Tulane on Thursday.

The Golden Hurricane men’s basketball team allowed a season high 93 points to the eventual conference champions, the SMU Mustangs on Thursday night, leading to a road defeat.

The game was decided by the end of the first half. Six minutes in, SMU scored ten consecutive points and didn’t look back from their. Their first half total amounted to 47 points and a 19 point lead.

In the second half, they pushed the lead up to 30 at its largest point, ensuring Tulsa had no chance of making a late game comeback. The final score was 93–70 in favor of the Mustangs.

In their final game of the regular season, Tulsa travelled to New Orleans to face off against Tulane. In their first matchup of the season, the Golden Hurricane emerged victorious in a high scoring game at home. In the reverse fixture, the Green Wave still put a lot of points on the board, but this time Tulsa couldn’t keep up.

Tulsa held a small lead for the first half of the game, but the score was low as both teams were struggling on the offensive end. Tulane took the lead at 13-12 halfway through the first half, and from there they never trailed. They pushed their advantage to double digits, and held onto the 81–79 game.

Despite the game being on the road, the result is still disappointing as that was only the sixth win for a subpar Tulane team this season.

The Golden Hurricane finish the regular season two games below five-hundred at 14–16 (8–10 American Athletic Conference). They finish in 7th place in the conference standings heading into the conference tournament. Their opponent in the first round is going to be Tulane again, who finished 10th place in the conference. The conference tournament is hosted at UConn this year, and the Tulsa vs Tulane game will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday evening.