NEW ORLEANS – Saturday afternoon belonged to Jordan Callahan as the senior guard became Tulane’s all-time leader in 3-pointers and guided the Green Wave to a come-from-behind 78-67 victory over visiting SMU in a Conference USA game in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Callahan poured in 20 points and hit six 3-pointers to surpass the school record held by Jerald Honeycutt since 1997. The Marietta, Ga., native needed four 3-pointers entering the game to break the record and drained a career-high six.
“Jordan didn’t sneak into the record,” Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. “He needed three coming in and hit six. I’m really happy for him and today he gave us a great lift off the bench with his record-breaking performance.”
Tulane (17-9, 5-6 C-USA) once again overcame a double digit deficit to claim victory. This time it was a 14-point lead that SMU (13-13, 3-8 C-USA) held midway through the first half. The Mustangs jumped out to a 13-1 lead before the Green Wave knocked down its first field goal, a jumper by Ricky Tarrant with 13:22 left in the half.
SMU then scored the next four points to lead 17-3 with 11:51 remaining. Tulane then scored 14 of the next 16 points to cut the deficit to two, 19-17, with 7:01 left. The Mustangs answered with a pair of free throws from Ryan Manuel before the Green Wave got four straight points from Josh Davis to tie the score at 21-21 with 5:47 remaining.
“Our guys showed some great maturity and maybe it was because of the experience we been through before,” Conroy said about coming back from double digits again. “We had a lot of resolve and great mental toughness at that point. I was frustrated and I know our guys were, but then we found a rhythm and we got it going.”
Tulane took the lead for good just over a minute later with a 3-pointer from Callahan that gave them a 27-25 advantage. The Green Wave held a 33-29 lead at the break.
Tulane then built up double digit leads in the second half, including 53-43 with 12:34 left after an 8-0 run sparked by a pair of 3-pointers from Callahan. The Green Wave then led 60-49, its largest lead of the game, after a 3-pointer from Tarrant with 8:08 left.
Tarrant finished with a game-high 25 points complimenting Callahan’s 20. Davis added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds.