Men's Hoops Falls to Louisville

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Ledaryl Billingsley's 11 points were<br>not enough to lead the Green<br>Wave past the Cardinals.
Ledaryl Billingsley's 11 points were
not enough to lead the Green
Wave past the Cardinals.

February 18, 1999

Box Score

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Marques Maybin scored 25 points and Tony Williams added 23 - career highs for both players - as Louisville held off Tulane 80-75 on Thursday night.

Louisville, which was playing its fourth game in seven days, picked up its sixth straight victory despite a late charge by Tulane.

The Cardinals (16-7, 10-3 Conference USA), leaders in the USA American Division, stayed well ahead of Tulane for most of the second half, leading by as much as 14 points and shooting 57 percent from the field.

The Green Wave cut the lead to 55-47 on a basket by Ledaryl Billingsley with 16:14 remaining only to watch Louisville pull back ahead on back-to-back 3-point baskets by Williams and Maybin to give Louisville a 61-49 margin with 15:46 left.

Tulane (10-13, 4-10) mounted its only run of the game - a 21-10 stretch to cut the Cardinals lead to two points, 72-74 with 6:48 remaining.

Trailing 76-73 with 4:51 left, Tulane failed to take the lead as Billingsly made only one of two foul shots and Linton Johnson missed both of his free throws. The Green Wave hit only 13 of 28 foul shots in the game.

Louisville did not make a field goal for the final 5:25 of the game, but sank four of eight free throws. Tulane made only one field goal in the final 5:55, and hit only one of four free throws.

Billingsley led Tulane with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Sterling Davis had 13 points and Byron Mouton made 10.

Tulane has lost six of its last seven.

Tulane stayed with Louisville for the first 10 minutes of the game, trading baskets as the lead seesawed back and forth. Then the Cardinals went on a 18-7 run, fueled by three straight baskets, including a 3-pointer by Maybin off Louisville steals.

Louisville had 10 steams and scored 24 points off Tulane's 16 turnovers.

The Green Wave four field goals in the final 9:27 of the first half and only 4 of 10 free throws and trailed 47-37 at the break.

AP Sports Writer