January 14, 1999
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jimmie "Snap" Hunter scored 22 points and five Memphis players finished in double figures Thursday night to lead the Tigers to an 83-68 victory over Tulane.
Hunter connected on 9-of-15 shots from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, as the Tigers (7-8, 1-4 Conference USA) snapped a six-game losing streak.
Omar Sneed added 19 for the Tigers and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Marcus Moody had 14, Dinno Daniels finished with 13, and Jermaine Ousley scored 11.
Byron Mouton led the Green Wave (6-7, 1-4) with 21, while LeDaryl Billingsley added 14.
Tulane led only once in the game, late in the first half when Morris Jordan hit a 3-pointer for a 37-36 lead with just under a minute remaining.
Otherwise, Memphis dominated the matchup with a hustling press defense that caused 26 turnovers.
After taking a 41-37 lead into the dressing room at the half, the Tigers opened the second half with nine straight points for a 50-37 lead.
Then the Tigers went scoreless for the next four minutes as the Green Wave cut into the lead, trailing only 50-48 when Sterling Davis scored inside with 12:49 remaining.
Tulane stayed within 4 to 6 points midway through the period, until Memphis went on a 12-2 run to stretch the margin to 71-57.
Memphis would lead by double digits the rest of the way, except for one
possession. The Tigers' biggest lead was 17 on a 3-point play by Sneed with
just over a minute to play.