ULL beats Tulane 68-61 in Gulf Coast Showcase 3rd-place game

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Stroman scored a career-high 26 points and Louisiana-Lafayette beat Tulane 68-61 on Wednesday night in the Gulf Coast Showcase third-place game.

JaKeenan Gant added 17 points and a season-best 11 rebounds for the Ragin’ Cajuns (3-3). Justin Miller chipped in with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Jordan Cornish scored 20 points and Caleb Daniels had 10 for Tulane (2-3), which shot 36 percent and turned it over 15 times.

The Green Wave led 47-44 with 11:27 to play. Stroman scored the Cajuns next eight points, and Gant added a pair of free throws for a 54-49 lead. Gant’s dunk stretched the advantage to 63-57 with 2:28 remaining.

Tulane cut the deficit to 63-61 with about a minute left. Stroman made 5 of 6 from the line and the Green Wave missed three field goals and two free throws.