Nov. 11, 1999
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane men's basketball team used a balanced offensive attack and solid defense in its 85-59 win over Vasda Gold in an exhibition game Thursday night at Fogelman Arena.
Four Green Wave players finished in double figures, and the team held Vasda Gold to just 39.3 percent shooting for the game in the 26-point win. Seniors Morris Jordan (15) and Sterling Davis (13) combined for 28 points, while teammates Dylan Osean and Linton Johnson each added 11.
Jordan opened the scoring with a jumper at 19:42, but Vasda's Derrick Pickens answered with a three-pointer to give Vasda its only lead of the game. For the next seven minutes, Tulane went on a 19-0 run to break open the game.
Tulane's defense was strong in the first half, limiting Vasda to just nine field goals and 30 percent shooting, while outrebounding the club, 29-14. Ledaryl Billingsley had six of his game-high 10 rebounds for Tulane in the first half.
Led by the hot-shooitng of Pickens, who finished with a game-high 28 points, Vasda trimmed the Tulane lead to 10 points midway through the second half. Again, the Green Wave answered with a run of its own, this time 15-2, to stretch the lead to 23 points and coast to the win.
Tulane registered 21 assists and connected on 19-of-26 free throw attempts in the contest to go with a 40-28 rebound advantage.
Tulane opens the 1999-2000 regular season on Wed., Nov. 17 against Fordham in the Preseason NIT. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena.