NEW ORLEANS — Melvin Frazier scored 18 points, Blake Paul had 11 with a late steal that gave Frazier the clinching free throws with 1.3 seconds left and Tulane edged South Alabama 77-73 on Thursday.
Caleb Daniels had 12 points, including a 3-point play that put the Green Wave (9-3) up 74-71 with 28.6 seconds left. Cameron Reynolds had 14 points with a free throw that made it 75-73 with 16 seconds to play.
Rodrick Sikes had 34 points for the Jaguars (6-6) with two free throws that made it a one-point game with 18 seconds left and Josh Ajayi had 17 with the 3-pointer that tied the game at 71 at 49 seconds.
Tulane had early 7-0 and 6-0 runs for a 16-7 lead and then used a 10-0 run with a pair of 3-pointers to lead 28-12 with 8:50 to go in the first half. Sikes had seven points, five from the foul line, in a 9-0 surge that helped the Jags get within 44-33 at the half.
Sikes had 23 points, including his six 3-pointers, in the second half with his 4-point playing putting the Jags up 67-66 with 3:46 remaining.