Tulane Sneaks by Marhsall in C-USA First Round


Marshall forward Tirrell Baines, left, tries to avoid the reach of Tulane guard Kris Richard, right, during the first half (AP Photo)

Marshall forward Tirrell Baines, left, tries to avoid the reach of Tulane guard Kris Richard, right, during the first half (AP Photo)

March 12, 2008

Box Score

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Green Wave guard Kevin Sims scored 14 points, including the winning free throws with 6.4 seconds left, and Tulane rallied from 10 behind to defeat Marshall 48-47 in Wednesday's opening round of the Conference USA tournament.

Marshall (16-14) had little chance to get off a shot in the final seconds because Tulane (17-14) had two fouls to give, preventing Marshall from advancing to ball into the front court.

Markel Humphrey's shot from the top of the key at the end was blocked by Donnavan Stith. Tulane will play No. 2 Memphis, the tournament's top seed, in Thursday's second round.

Tulane closed the game with 11 unanswered points after Marshall took its biggest lead of the game, 47-37 with 6:19 left.

Tirrell Baines led Marshall with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyler Wilkerson added 10.