Tulane wins 4th in a row 53-50 over Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jordan Callahan and Josh Davis helped Tulane keep rolling, and left Alabama still reeling.

Callahan hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 1:55 to lift the Green Wave to a 53-50 win over the struggling Crimson Tide on Sunday for Tulane's fourth consecutive victory.

Davis had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Green Wave (11-3), which trailed by six points with just over 4 minutes left. Kendall Timmons hit two free throws and Davis added another one in the final 18 seconds.

Davis helped in ways that didn't show up on the stat sheet, too.

"Josh is just a tremendous competitor," Green Wave coach Ed Conroy said. "There was a sequence where we had three or four offensive rebounds and he was the main combatant in there wreaking havoc and he finally came up with the basket. He just really leads our team from an intensity and a will-to-win standpoint. His voice in our timeouts and in our locker room was just tremendous, probably an even bigger effect than his 18 and 12."

Trevor Lacey drained a quick 3-pointer from the right corner with 11 seconds left and the Crimson Tide (7-5) quickly fouled Davis, who made one free throw and missed the second attempt. That gave Alabama a chance to tie it, but Rodney Cooper's 3-pointer from the top of the key bounced off the rim to end it.

Alabama has dropped five of its last six games and three straight at Coleman Coliseum.

"It's tough to go through this stretch that we're going through right now as a team," Crimson Tide coach Anthony Grant said. "From an effort standpoint, I thought our guys tried to do the same things I asked them to do. Unfortunately, things did not go our way.

"I thought tonight what probably cost us the game was our inability to have consistent success on the offensive end. We had stretches in the second half where we went 6 or 7 minutes without scoring."

Callahan scored 12 points on 4-of-10 3-point shooting and came up with the two big ones.

Davis was 6-of-9 shooting but also committed seven of Tulane's 13 turnovers.

Nick Jacobs scored a season-high 12 points in his first start for the Crimson Tide. Lacey also had 12 points for Alabama, which made just 3 of 15 3-pointers.

Leading scorer Trevor Releford had just six points, 10 below his season average.

Grant did not make any players available for interviews after the game.

"I think I can answer your questions as good as any of them can answer your questions," he said.

Callahan answered with a 3 after Releford's basket put Alabama ahead 45-39 with 4:19 to play to begin his hot finish.

Alabama led by seven points in the opening minutes of the second half before Tulane scored 12 consecutive points for its first lead, 36-31, with 11:54 left. The Green Wave dominated inside with three offensive rebounds before Davis' put-back and followed that physical display with back-to-back 3-pointers by Ricky Tarrant and Ben Cherry.

Tarrant, who had seven points, is from Pleasant Grove, Ala., about 50 miles away. He struggled to 2-of-12 shooting for five points but also got four assists and a win over his home state team.

"Ricky's an emotional guy to begin with," Conroy said. "He's probably still jumping up and down in that locker room, I would think."

Alabama made one basket in the opening 9 minutes of the second half before Jacobs got hot. He scored six points during Alabama's 11-0 answering spurt sparked by full-court pressure that forced a couple of turnovers and fast-break baskets for a 42-36 lead with 7:14 to play.

The final basket of the run was also the most dramatic. Levi Randolph swiped a pass near midcourt and fired it to Lacey under the basket. Lacey found a driving Retin Obasohan for a dunk.

It was the first tight game during Tulane's winning streak with the first three victories coming by a collective 69 points.

The Tide led 25-20 at halftime, holding Tulane to three points below its previous first-half scoring low. The Green Wave was just 7-of-25 shooting (28 percent) in the half.

Tulane solved some of its offensive problems in the second half, going 11 of 25 (44 percent).

This was a rare meeting in a once regular rivalry. It was the 84th time Tulane and Alabama have played but the first since 1998.

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