January 9, 1999
ST. LOUIS - Justin Love had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists as Saint Louis pulled away in the second half for a 78-60 victory over Tulane Saturday.
Justin Tatum had 16 points off the bench and Virgel Cobbin added 15 points for the Billikens (7-8, 2-1 Conference-USA), who broke a three-game losing streak. Saint Louis hadn't won since upsetting then No. 11-Kansas Dec. 23, and lost by a season-worst 23 points at Louisville on Wednesday.
The Billikens used an 18-2 run that began with the game tied in the final minute of the first half. Cobbin had nine points in the run, hitting twice from the baseline to end the half, and Love scored five points in a row in one sequence. The two also collaborated on an alley-oop dunk by the 6-2 Love during the run.
Cobbin's 3-pointer with 14:16 to go put Saint Louis ahead 46-30, and the lead was never smaller than 14 the rest of the way. Saint Louis flexed its muscles after the half with six dunks.
Dylan Osean had a season-high 19 points for Tulane (6-6, 1-3), saddled with 25 turnovers in only its second road game all season. The Green Wave hadn't lost in St. Louis since 1980, although this was only the fourth meeting since then.
Saint Louis made only four of its first 18 shots and trailed 17-10 with 7:57 left in the first half after Dylan Osean's basket capped a 9-0 Tulane run. The Billikens were 10-for-17 the rest of the half, led by Walker's nine points, and Cobbin hit twice from the baseline in the final minute of the half for a 32-28 lead.
By R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer