January 30, 1999
NEW ORLEANS - Lance Williams had his double-double by half time and Quenton Richardson was only one rebound short of the mark as the pair powered DePaul to a 87-79 victory over Tulane Saturday afternoon.
Richardson, second in the nation in rebounding and the leading freshman in the country in both rebounding and scoring, dominated second-half play, boosting his 14 points and nine rebounds gathered in the first half to 29 points and 15 rebounds for the game.
Williams, who averaged 10.6 rebounds per game in the last five games, had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the first half and finished with 18 and 15 respectively.
It was DePaul's first victory over Tulane in four meetings and their second-straight road win.
DePaul (11-8, 5-4 Conference USA) took the lead on its second basket of the game and never relinquished it, leading 43-39 at the half.
The Blue Demons stretched their lead to 10 points, 62-52, with 11:17 left in the game.
Tulane (9-9, 3-6) then mounted its only serious run, outscoring DePaul 8-2 to cut their lead to two points, 65-63, on a 3-point basket by Sterling Davis.
But Ayinde Avery stepped up for seven unanswered points for DePaul to end the threat and put the Demons back on top by 71-63 with 7:33 left.
Byron Mouton's 3-pointer with 34 seconds left cut DePaul's lead to 83-79, but Richardson, Williams and Rashon Bruno all made free throws down the stretch.
Kerry Hartfield scored 12 points for DePaul and William Coleman added 10.
DePaul out-rebounded the Green Wave 52-37.
Tulane, which shot 45 percent from the field in the first half hit just 17 of 43 for 39 percent in the second half. The Green Wave also struggled from the free throw line. After making their first four-of-four, Tulane missed seven straight and finished with only 6-of-15.
Mouton led Tulane with 19 points. Ted Kritza scored 17.
By MARY FOSTER
AP Sports Writer