Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Ricky Tarrant tallied 27 points and six assists to lead the Tulane Green Wave to an 88-85 comeback victory over the Houston Cougars in a Conference USA showdown at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Josh Davis registered a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Kendall Timmons narrowly missed one of his own with 22 points and nine boards as Tulane (16-8, 4-5 C-USA) overcame a late 19-point deficit on the way to victory.
Joseph Young netted 26 points on 7-of-10 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free-throw line to lead Houston (14-8, 3-6), while TaShawn Thomas dropped 20 points and cleared eight rebounds. Danuel House and J.J. Thompson scored 10 points apiece, the former pulling down eight rebounds and handing out six assists as well.
The Cougars were terrific from behind the arc in the opening period, hitting 6-of-10 tries and 67 percent from the floor overall as they led 48-34 at intermission.
Houston increased its lead to 74-55 with 8:22 remaining on a 3-point shot by Jherrod Stiggers, but Tulane never quit and scored the next nine points to get back in the game.
Trailing by 11 late, Jordan Callahan knocked down back-to-back triples, followed by consecutive baskets by Davis to get back to within one. Timmons then went on a mini run with four straight points to put Tulane ahead.
With seven seconds remaining and Tulane holding a two-point advantage, Young knocked down two free throws to tie the score at 85-85. Without taking a timeout, Tarrant drove the length of the floor and converted a three-point play with two seconds remaining to give the lead back to Tulane. Tarrant then stole the ensuing inbounds pass to complete his terrific afternoon and secure the win.
Tulane improved to 15-14 all-time over the Cougars.