Scores

Final

East Carolina 59

(13-17, 5-11 C-USA)

Tulane 69

(14-16, 7-9 C-USA)

    7:00 PM ET, March 11, 2009

    FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    ECU 25 3459
    TULN 34 3569

    Top Performers

    East Carolina: D. Morrow 13 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tulane: K. Sims 23 Pts, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tulane 69, East Carolina 59

    Associated Press

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Kevin Sims scored 23 points and handed out six assists in Tulane's 69-59 win over East Carolina in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday night.

    Sims connected on 7 of 11 from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range for eighth-seeded Tulane (14-16). The guard gave the Green Wave the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 3:52 left in the first half for a 24-23 advantage.

    Another Sims 3-pointer stopped an 11-0 run by the Pirates for a 54-45 lead with 6:32 remaining in the second.

    Sims was the only Tulane player in double figures for the Green Wave, who shot 52 percent (25 of 48) to earn a spot in Thursday's round against top-seeded Memphis, the No. 4 team in the nation.

    Sam Hinnant led the ninth-seeded Pirates (13-17) with 16 points and Darrius Morrow added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ECU
    TULN
    Points 59 69
    FG Made-Attempted 20-51 (.392) 25-48 (.521)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-19 (.316) 8-12 (.667)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-18 (.722) 11-16 (.688)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 17

    2008-09 Season

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