Keith Harris is guarded by
DePaul's Quentin Richardson in
the first half of their
Conference USA Tournament game.
March 3, 1999
By JENNA HALVATGIS
Associated Press Writer
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Quentin Richardson, named the Conference USA player of the year earlier in the day, scored 17 points Tuesday night to lead DePaul to a 95-59 win over Tulane in the first round of the league tournament.
Richardson, a freshman who led the league in rebounding and was second in scoring, didn't start because of an ankle injury suffered last week. He first checked in at the 14:56 mark and immediately made his presence known.
He started a 13-0 DePaul run with a 3-pointer, watched teammate Kerry Hatfield hit consecutive 3-pointers, then connected on another of his own.
Richardson finished the game 6-of-10 from the field with five 3-pointers.
Sixth-seeded DePaul (17-11) plays third-seeded Alabama-Birmingham (19-10) in Thursday's quarterfinal round.
DePaul led 41-26 at the break, then put Tulane (12-15) away early in the second half.
Leading 50-34 with 15:30 to play, the Blue Demons started a crippling 23-0 run and Tulane could do nothing to stop it.
The Green Wave didn't make a basket over an 8:33 stretch, falling behind 74-34 with 7:40 to play. Nothing would fall for Tulane, causing coach Perry Clark to shake his head in disbelief and stomp his feet after a sure basket rolled off the rim.
Tulane shot 37 percent for the game (23-of-62) and allowed DePaul to score 31 points off of 23 turnovers.
Byron Mouton and Keith Harris scored 11 points each for Tulane. Sterling Davis had 10.
DePaul got 12 points from Willie Coleman, while Roman Peoples, Bobby Simmons
and Lance Williams scored 10 apiece.