LINCOLN, Neb. - Despite getting a third straight double double performance from Josh Davis, the Tulane men's basketball team couldn't hang on for the victory at Nebraska on Wednesday night, falling to the Cornhuskers, 61-57, at the Devaney Center in the final game of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.
Davis put up 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Green Wave (3-2), including a pair of free throws that tied the game at 57-57 with 2:05 remaining, but Nebraska (4-0) scored the final four points on a dunk by Andre Almeida and two free throws from Ray Gallegos to secure the win.
"We just didn't execute down the stretch," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "We didn't take advantage of the opportunities that we had, whether it was free throws at the line or out-of-bounds situations. We just didn't execute the way that we needed to. That's why we play these games and go on the road, but we will get better; we have to get better.
Tulane took a three point lead, 55-52, on a lay-up by Tomas Bruha with 7:02 left, but the points by the 7-0 junior would be the last field goal for the Green Wave in the game. Nebraska's last field goal came with 4:54 left by Almeida, but the Cornhuskers knocked down three of four free throws in the final minutes of the game.
Jordan Callahan had a chance to give Tulane the lead of tie it when he was fouled by NU's Gallegos while shooting a 3-pointer with 1:05 left, but the senior guard couldn't connect on any of the shots. The Green Wave also missed a pair of jumpers in the final minute of play that would have tied the score.
"Everybody put a lot into it and they're hurting right now, rightfully so," Conroy added. "This is one that we need to fine tune some things and get ourselves into position like that again and we may have a shot."
Callahan finished with 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Kendall Timmons added eight points and six rebounds, while Ricky Tarrant had eight points as well.
Tulane shot 38.8 percent from the floor for the game and hit just four of 12 3-pointers. The Green Wave also connected on 15 of 24 free throws, but won the battle of the boards, 33-26, on Nebraska.
The Cornhuskers shot 50.0 percent from the floor for the game and hit 10 of 19 3-pointers. NU had knocked down just 11 3-pointers in its previous three games of the season.
Tulane scored 22 points in the paint and converted its 11 offensive rebounds into 11 second change points, but Nebraska capitalized on 13 Green Wave turners, converting them into 13 points.
Gallegos and Dylan Talley led Nebraska with 14 points each. Talley added a team-high seven rebounds, while Brandon Ubel added 12 points and Almeida finished with 10 points and six boards.
Tulane will begin a four game homestand on Saturday when they host Southern at 7 p.m. CT in the Devlin Center.