Green Wave Downs Southern Mississippi



February 11, 1999

Box Score

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Ledaryl Billingsley scored 20 points and Tulane held Southern Mississippi without a field goal for almost 10 minutes in the second half in a 68-61 victory Thursday night.

Tulane (10-11, 4-8 Conference USA) snapped a four-game losing streak with a game that featured many lead changes. Southern Miss (12-12, 4-7) led 56-54 after Carlos Booker hit a pair of free throws late in the second half.

But Tulane went on a 9-1 run over a three minute stretch to take control of the game. The Green Wave went on an 8-0 run to start the second half to take a 44-40 lead.

Southern Miss answered with a 12-0 run, including seven points from Neil Reed to give the Golden Eagles a 52-44 lead with 11:32 remaining. Reed scored a game-high 25 points.

Billingsley put an end to the run with a dunk which was followed by a Southern Miss basket by Carlos Booker with 9:58 left. That would be the last field goal for Southern Miss until Booker scored a putback with 11 seconds to play.

Southern Miss, which had hit four of seven 3-point attempts in the first half, connected on just 1-of-11 in the second half.

Reed, who was returning to the floor after missing the last two games with a virus, missed his last six shots.

The game was tied 35-35 at the half.

Dylan Osean scored 15 points and Morris Jordan had 10 points for Tulane. Billingsley had 10 rebounds for the Green Wave.

Booker had 14 points for Southern Miss.