Callahan, Davis spark Green Wave over Alabama, 53-50
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — 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 a little more than four minutes left. Kendall Timmons hit two free throws, and Davis hit 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 past 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.
Tulane 69, M c Neese State 63: In New Orleans, Whitney Bibbins, a former U-High star, led three Green Wave players in double figures with 25 points as the Tulane rallied to beat McNeese State in the championship game of the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic.
Down 54-47 with 7:43 left, the Wave (10-2) went on a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to take a three-point lead.
Caitlyn Baggett scored 23 points to lead McNeese (5-6), Alaina Verdin scored 16 points and Ashlyn Baggett had 12. Cecilia Okoye had 11 rebounds.
Bibbins, who also had 11 rebounds, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
She was joined on the all-tournament team by Grayson, McNeese State’s Ashlyn Baggett and Caitlyn Baggett, Eastern Michigan’s India Hairston and Ole Miss’ Valencia McFarland.