Tulane's Marlo Miles forces N.C. State's Clifford Crawford out of bounds in first-half action Wednesday.
Dec. 22, 1999
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Dylan Osean scored a season-high 22 points, including several momentum-shifting shots, as Tulane handed No. 25 North Carolina State its first loss of the year, 73-62 Wednesday night.
Osean hit two 3-pointers in a 9-2 run that pulled Tulane within 36-32 at halftime, then hit another 3-pointer early in the second half to spark a 10-0 run that gave Tulane (8-1) a 44-40 lead it would not relinquish.
North Carolina State (7-1) controlled much of the first half, building a 34-23 lead behind 12 first-half points from Ron Kelley and eight from Kenny Inge. But neither Kelly nor Inge, who each finished with 12 points, scored from the floor in the second half, during which N.C. State shot only 34.6 percent from the field.
Damien Wilkins led the Wolfpack with 15 points.
Tulane was able to penetrate throughout the game, but rolled many close-range shots off the rim in the first half, during which the Green Wave shot only 13-for-31 from the field.
Only Morris Jordan, who finished with 16, had a hot hand early for Tulane, scoring 13 in the first half.
N.C. State led 40-34 when Tulane got hot. Osean hit a 3-pointer, then Trello Galloway stole a pass near half court, drove to the hoop and hit a circus shot as he was fouled. He missed the free throw, but Tulane got the ball back after State was slapped with a technical foul. Osean hit a free throw. Then Galloway and Osean scored on back-to-back possessions to complete a 10-0 run.
North Carolina State made one last surge with 5:00 remaining, a 7-0 run capped by an Archie Miller 3-pointer.
Sterling Davis snapped the run with a jump shot with 3:12 left that seemed
to restore Tulane's confidence. Osean followed with a jumper and Marlo Miles
hit two free throws to open Tulane's lead back up to 66-57 with less than 2
minutes to play.