Thompson, Hightower rally Tulane past Cincinnati 76-71
Hightower tied the contest at 69-69 with a second-chance basket and Thompson put the Green Wave ahead for keeps on a driving layup with 2:08 remaining. Thompson, Hightower and K.J. Lawson combined to make 5 of 8 free throws down the stretch as Tulane defeated the two-time defending American Athletic Conference champs.
Thompson finished 11 of 12 from the line for Tulane (9-5, 1-1) which fought through 11 ties and seven lead changes in the final 12:50 for the win. The Green Wave is 5-0 at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Kevin Zhang added 15 points for Tulane, making 5-of-5 from behind the arc.
Tulane faces UConn on the road on Wednesday. Cincinnati takes on Tulsa at home on Wednesday.