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Bulls crash at Tulane in OT

After rallying to tie in regulation, USF becomes the Green Wave's first victim in nine games.

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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 4, 2001


NEW ORLEANS -- Brandon Spann hit a three-pointer and scored the first seven points of overtime as Tulane beat South Florida 82-72 Saturday night.

The Green Wave (8-13, 1-7 Conference USA) broke an eight-game losing streak.

Tulane went ahead 66-63 on Ledaryl Billingsley's three-pointer with 1:20 left in regulation. But Cedric Smith sank a three-pointer for the Bulls (14-7, 6-2) with 1:08 to go, tying the score at 66.

Spann got hot in overtime, scoring 10 of his 18 during the period.

USF went 1-for-11 in overtime and got no closer than 77-72.

Billingsley, who fouled out with 1:30 left in regulation, led Tulane with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Linton Johnson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Brown had 13 points and nine rebounds and Wayne Tinsley had 10 points for Tulane, which got all its points from its starters.

The Green Wave outrebounded the Bulls 43-29.

Altron Jackson had 26 points for USF, Smith 14 and Chonsey Asbury 12.

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