Men's Basketball Drops 84-77 Exhibition Decision in OT



Nov. 7, 1999

NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane men's basketball team erased an eight-point deficit in the last four minutes of regulation, but could not sustain the momentum in the extra session, as the team dropped an 84-77 overtime decision to the Global Sports All-Stars in an exhibition game Sunday evening in Fogelman Arena.

Tulane, which shot 36.8 percent from the floor in the game, used solid defense to erase a 15-point, second-half deficit. The Wave forced nine turnovers in the last eight minutes to send the game into overtime.

The Green Wave got its offense going late in the half and used an 11-3 run over the last 4:06 to tie the contest. A three-point field goal from senior center Morris Jordan at 1:57 cut the deficit to one point, before a Waitari Marsh layup at 1:24 gave Tulane its only lead of the second half. Sterling Davis added a free throw to give Tulane a 69-67 advantage before two free throws from Global Sports' Ray Thompson tied the game with 39 seconds remaining.

It was more of the same in the overtime for Tulane, as the squad hit just 3-of-10 shots from the floor and was outscored 15-8 in the extra session. Litterial Green, who tied for game-high honors, scored 11 of his 20 points in overtime. The All-Stars enjoyed a 33-10 scoring advantage from the free throw line, as Tulane committed 30 personal fouls.

Jordan was one of three Tulane players to finish in double figures. The senior center hit 6-of-10 shots from the floor, including two treys, to go along with six rebounds. Seniors Sterling Davis and Wade Mason each added 11 points, while junior Ledaryl Billingsley grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

It was the first action of the 1999-2000 season for the Green Wave, while Global Sports improved to 3-2 on its current collegiate tour.

Tulane will next be in action on Thursday, Nov. 11, when the squad hosts Vasda USA in its second exhibition contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Fogelman Arena.