February 6, 1999
NEW ORLEANS - B.B. Waldon scored 20 points and Chonsey Asbury added 11 - all in the second half - to lead South Florida to an 83-62 victory over Tulane on Saturday afternoon.
Waldon and Asbury also combined for 15 of the Bulls 37 rebounds.
South Florida, (11-9, 3-7 Conference USA) playing its third-straight game on the road, snapped a six-game losing streak at Houston last Saturday, then lost by 11 points to Florida State.
The Bulls led from the start, stretching their margin to as much as 27 points, 73-45 with 3:18 left in the second half.
Tulane (9-11, 3-8) was totally befuddled by South Florida's hard-pressing defense. The Green Wave opened the game with five turnovers, shooting 0-for-5. The second half saw them start 0-for-4 then go 2-for-10.
Tulane couldn't hit from outside and struggled to get clear shots under the basket.
South Florida shot 54 percent, while Tulane struggled to make 34 percent from the field, only hitting 7 of 30 in the first half for a 23 percent average.
South Florida coach Seth Greenberg cleared the bench in the final minutes and got six points from his little-used subs
Cedric Smith and Altron Jackson each contributed 15 points for South Florida.
The Green Wave committed 18 turnovers and had five shots blocked against them.
Ledaryl Billingsley had a career-high 22 points to lead Tulane. He also had 12 rebounds before fouling out with 1:58 remaining in the game. Byron Mouton made 13 points, including 5-of-7 from the free thrown line.
It was the worst loss of the season for Tulane, the worst home loss since Feb. 1, 1998.
After cutting the Bulls lead to 10 points with 2:45 remaining in the first half, Tulane trailed South Florida 38-21 at the break.
By MARY FOSTER
AP Sports Writer