Tulane 84, Minnesota 65
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Guard Chris Cameron scored nine of his 20 points in a 22-6 rally to start the game Monday night and power Tulane into the NIT quarterfinals with a 84-65 victory over Minnesota.
Jerald Honeycutt added 16 points for the Green Wave (20-9), who will next meet the winner of Monday night’s late game between Wisconsin and Illinois State.
Sam Jacobson had 19 points and John Thomas added 17 for Minnesota, which shot just 34 percent from the field and ended its season with a 19-13 record.
Cameron, who averages just nine points a game, ignited the Green Wave in the first half, hitting his first three shots, including a 3-pointer, as Tulane jumped to an 11-2 lead. Minnesota started the game 2-for-15 and trailed 22-6 with 11 minutes left in the first half.
Another 3-pointer by Cameron, who finished the first half with 14 points, and a layup by Shun Sheffield gave Tulane its biggest lead of the half, 44-23, and the Green Wave went into halftime leading 44-25.
Minnesota failed to mount a serious threat in the second half, and consecutive 3-pointers by LeVeldro Simmons gave Tulane a 66-44 lead with 9:14 to play, effectively putting the game away.
Honeycutt, a forward, grabbed nine rebounds for the Green Wave, giving him 208 for the season. The only player in Tulane history to have at least 500 points, 200 rebounds and 100 assists in a season, Honeycutt achieved the feat for the second straight year.