Tulane’s hot start to the season has been fueled by its dominant play at home, but it has begun to slow down in recent games.
The Green Wave were slowed down by the University of Connecticut’s stingy defense and fell 67-57 on Saturday at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Tulane (11-6, 2-3 American Athletic Conference) started the season winning its first eight games at home, but it has dropped two of its last three at Devlin to begin conference play.
The Wave averaged 82.6 points per game in their first eight home games, but that average has dropped to 62 points per game in their three home tilts against conference opponents.
Tulane forward Melvin Frazier, who scored a career-high 28 points in Tuesday’s loss to Memphis, had a team-high 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Cam Reynolds added 13 points and seven rebounds.
It took Tulane less than two minutes to put together an 8-1 run that cut the UConn lead to 31-30. The Wave have relied on their up-temo offense to carry them all season but the Huskies slowed the pace of the game and limited Tulane’s opportunities in transition.
UConn seized control of the game with a 13-2 run that ended with a three-pointer that put his team ahead 53-41 with 9:11 left in the game.
The Huskies increased their lead to 13 points late in the second half and Tulane was unable to put enough points on the board to keep things close.
Jalen Adams led the Huskies (10-7, 3-2) with 25 points, five rebounds and six assists. He scored 14 of UConn’s final 20 points to finish the game.
Tulane fell behind 13-4 early in the game after a slow start on offense, but the Wave started getting stops on the defensive end and crept their way back into the game.
They utilized a 16-6 run that ended with a two-handed slam by Frazier that put Tulane ahead 20-19 with 4:53 left in the half.
But the Wave looked out of sorts on offense and struggled getting into the paint, which allowed the Huskies to take control once again. UConn closed the half on an 11-2 run and went into halftime holding a 30-22 lead.
Tulane shot 29.6 percent from the field in the half, which included missing 10 of their 12 attempts from deep.
The Huskies’ size on the interior also played a big factor in Saturday’s win and they outrebounded Tulane, 35-26. They also grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and scored 12 points off of those second-chance opportunities.
Tulane also went 4-of-19 from the three-point line.
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