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Wave storms back against USM, but falls late

tulane basketballTulane mounted quite a comeback Wednesday night in Hattiesburg. But, the Wave couldn’t finish the job.

Tulane rallied from a 16 point deficit with 14 minutes to play to take the lead, only to fall 71-60 to the Golden Eagles.

Tulane trailed 44-28 with 14:03 to play. A 14-0 run then tied the game. A pair of Jordan Callahan free throws gave the Wave a 55-53 lead.

Southern Miss stormed back scoring 18 of the last 23 points to get the win and end Tulane’s two game winning streak.

The game was played days after a tornado hit Hattiesburg, damaging the Southern Miss campus. “Southern Miss is a tremendous team and we knew this one was going to be tough,” said Tulane head coach Ed Conroy. ” We knew there would be a lot of emotion in the building tonight and they would play at a high level. We wanted that. We wanted to show that we could play like that.”

Josh Davis led Tulane with 19 points and 10 rebounds, his 14th double double of the season.

Southern Miss hit 9 of 10 free throws in the final four minutes of the game.

Tulane fell to 16-9, 4-6 in Conference USA play.