TUCSON, Ariz. ?- A last second shot didn’t fall and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks fell to Tulane, 65-63, in the consolation game of the Mission Management & Trust 2005 Fiesta Bowl Classic at McKale Center this afternoon. Lehigh falls to 2-5 on the season, while Tulane improves to 3-1.
The Green Wave shot 41 percent from the field, 29 percent from three-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line on the game, compared to the 37, 18 and 67 percent, respectively, of Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks edged Tulane on the boards, 40 to 39.
Megan Valicevic led the Green Wave with 14 points, followed by Jennifer Sands with 11. Sasha Staidum pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for Tulane. Sara Ellis and Jenny Callan led Lehigh with 19 points each. Callan also finished with 10 boards for a double-double, her second of the tournament.
In the first half, Lehigh led by as many as four (13-9) before Tulane went on a 14-4 run to take a 23-17 lead. The Green Wave went into the locker room at halftime up 27-24.
Neither team shot particularly well on the half. Lehigh shot 28 percent from the field, and 57 percent from the free throw line, but was 0-for-10 from three-point range. Tulane connected on 33 percent from the field, 36 percent from downtown and 100 percent from the charity stripe. The Mountain Hawks remained in the game in large part due to the fact that they out-rebounded Tulane 26 to 19.
Lehigh opened the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 33-27 lead, but Tulane slowly chipped away at the Mountain Hawks’ lead and tied the game at 39 with 11:36 left in the game. The Green Wave then went on a 14-5 run to go up 53-44 with just under seven minutes remaining. But Lehigh wouldn’t give up, cutting it to three (62-59) with 1:48 left.
After Tulane missed a pair of free throws with two seconds left, Lehigh launched the ball down court, but a lay-up attempt rimmed out. A subsequent shot was ruled after the buzzer and Tulane won 65-63.