Williams, Dia spark SMU over Tulane 66-48Feb 7, 2010 - 12:01 AM NEW ORLEANS(AP) -- Derek Williams scored 18 points and Papa Dia 17, and the two gave Southern Methodist an early boost in a 66-48 victory over Tulane on Saturday.
After Tulane scored the opening basket, the Mustangs (11-11, 4-4 Conference USA) scored 21 of the next 23 points, with Dia getting nine and Williams eight, for a 21-4 lead with 10:49 left in the first half.
The Mustangs built a 24-point lead, 35-11, with 4:47 remaining in the half before Tulane (7-15, 2-7) closed the first 20 minutes on a 10-0 run to trail 35-21 at the break.
The Green Wave trailed 56-48 with 4:25 to play, but SMU scored the game's final 10 points. Tulane did not score a field goal in 11 attempts in the final 7:17.
Dia pulled down 16 rebounds, helping SMU to a 41-17 advantage on the boards.
Kendall Timmons scored 14 points to lead Tulane.
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TULANE 48 FINAL
Feb 6 4:54 PM
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HALFTIME 1ST 2ND TOTAL
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SOUTHERN METHODIST 35 35
TULANE 21 21 HALFTIME
HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
SOUTHERN METHODIST - DEREK WILLIAMS 10, PAPA DIA 9, ROBERT
TULANE - KENDALL TIMMONS 7, ERIC VIANNEY 6, FOUR
PLAYERS WITH 2
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