NEW ORLEANS — Despite junior Alex Phillips' third consecutive double-digit scoring performance, the University of Nebraska at Omaha men fell 76-52 to Tulane on Friday in the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.
Phillips, the lone Maverick to score in double figures, came off the bench to finish with 13 points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal for UNO (1-3).
Junior Matt Hagerbaumer led the Mavs on the boards, recording seven rebounds to go with five points. Junior Caleb Steffensmeier buried a pair of 3-pointers and redshirt freshman Simon Krych added six points for UNO, which has lost three straight since a season-opening win against Northern Illinois.
But the Mav starters shot 6 of 31 from the field, and were outscored by the bench 32-20.
Tulane (2-1) earned its second win of the Nebraska Classic this week after knocking off Bethune-Cookman 65-55 Tuesday.
Jordan Callahan torched UNO from beyond the arc, finishing 9 of 15 from the field, including 6 for 10 from 3-point range for a game-high 27 points.
The Green Wave's Josh Davis added a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Following a 16-6 Green Wave run to open the game, Tulane never surrendered the lead. The Green Wave finished the first half on a 10-4 run to take a 35-21 lead into the break.
Tulane shot 50 percent in the second half to put the Mavs away. UNO was outscored 41-31 in the final 20 minutes.
The Mavs shot 29 percent from the field, including 25 percent from beyond the arc.
“It kind of seemed like there was a lid on the rim,” UNO junior John Karhoff said. “You have to give some credit to Tulane for that and their defense. Today we struggled shooting the ball, something we need to fight through.”
The Mavs travel to Lincoln to play Nebraska at 2 p.m. Sunday.