January 16, 1999
By MARY FOSTER
AP Sports Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ledaryl Billingsly grabbed the ball twice in the final 33 seconds - once on a rebound and once on a steal and hit a free throw, and Byron Mouton sank a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds left as Tulane came back to beat New Orleans 55-53 Saturday night.
After fighting back repeatedly, Tulane (7-7) inched ahead to a 35-32 lead with 15:49 left, only to watch New Orleans come back with a 11-4 run to make it 43-39 at the 9:43 mark.
With both teams shooting poorly, the score stayed close with Tulane tying it at 48-48 with 4:31 to play.
UNO (10-8) missed three foul shots before Tory Walker hit a basket to knot it again at 50-50 with 1:51 left. Then Billingsly scored and Desmond Baxter sank a 3-pointer to give New Orleans their final lead of the game, 53-52 with 1:06 left.
With 33 seconds left, Billingsly was fouled as he grabbed a rebound and made one of two free throws, tying it at 53-53. He then grabbed the ball under UNO's basket with 3.8 left. Tulane heaved the inbounds the length of the court and Mouton was fouled. He made both tries with 2.8 left for the victory.
Tulane made just 19 of 43 field goals. UNO just 17 of 51.
Mouton had 10 points for the Green Wave.
Walker led New Orleans with 17 points. Curtis Wilson had 14 and Baxter had 10.
Tulane took a 20-14 lead with 6:23 left in the first half and scored only two more field goals before the break.
While the Green Wave added just two points on five foul shots, UNO went on a 15-6 run, including 3-pointers by Desmond Baxter and Tory Walker, to take a 27-26 halftime lead.