NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Freshman Precious Achiuwa totaled 22 points and a career-high 22 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season and Memphis blew a late lead before holding off Tulane 74-67 in overtime on Saturday night.
Achiuwa sank 9 of 16 shots from the floor and matched his career high with five blocked shots for the Tigers (20-9, 9-7 American Athletic Conference). Tyler Harris came off the bench to score 12 with six rebounds, while freshman Boogie Ellis scored 11.
Memphis look a 30-27 lead into halftime and led 57-49 after Malcolm Dandridge’s layup with 4:59 remaining in regulation. Christion Thompson hit two free throws and a layup to give Tulane a 58-57 lead with 29 seconds left. Harris nailed a 3-pointer to put Memphis up by two, but Teshaun Hightower answered with a layup with 2 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
K.J. Lawson’s three-point play gave the Green Wave (12-17, 4-13) a 63-61 lead with 2:58 left in overtime, but Harris and Achiuwa both hit two free throws and Memphis took the lead for good. The Tigers made 11 of 12 foul shots in the final 2:43.
Thompson finished with a career-high 30 points for Tulane, sinking 9 of 19 shots from the floor and 11 of 12 free throws. Hightower added 22 points on 7-of-20 shooting.
Memphis shot 43% from the floor and 30% from beyond the arc (6 of 20). The Tigers made 20 of 27 free throws. Tulane shot a frigid 28% overall and 12.5% from distance (4 of 32). The Green Wave hit 19 of 24 foul shots.
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