NEW ORLEANS, FEB. 9 -- With Mardi Gras festivities going on throughout the city, Tulane played the inhospitable host today as it drubbed error-prone Virginia Tech, 99-66, in a Metro Conference game.
"Losing by 33 points has got to rank up there," replied Virginia Tech Coach Frankie Allen when asked about the season's low points. "From a coaching standpoint you try and motivate the players, but once they get out on the court there's not much you can do."
The Hokies (8-13, 2-7) set season and conference lows with the loss, their 10th in the last 11 games. Virginia Tech's 33 turnovers were the most in a league game and the 33-point loss the worst of the season. As for the Green Wave, it marked the first time since 1984-85 that it had swept a series with a Metro team -- the Green Wave won 83-77 earlier in Blacksburg, Va. It also was its largest margin of victory and most points scored in a conference game.
In reality it was over early. The start of the second half was a continuation of the first as the Green Wave scored the first 10 points in a 14-1 spurt which increased its lead to 56-28. Only a technical foul on Tulane's David Whitmore allowing Virginia Tech guard Rod Wheeler to hit a free throw permitted the Hokies to get on the board.
Towson St. 84, Cent. Connecticut 76:
In Towson, Chuck Lightening scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Tigers won their 14th consecutive game in the East Coast Conference.
Anne Arundel 128, Mont.-Takoma Park 94:
In Arnold, Md., sophomore guard Ron Wade scored 38 points, including seven three-pointers as host Anne Arundel (23-4, 17-1) clinched the Region 20 Division II JuCo conference regular season championship. Sophomore Al Welch had 40 points and 26 rebounds for the Falcons (13-8, 12-4).
Monmouth 87, Mount St. Mary's 82:
In West Long Branch, N.J., Alex Blackwell scored 39 points and Andy Partee hit a three-point basket with 3:17 left in the second overtime for Monmouth.
Gallaudet 65, York (Pa.) 60:
Sophomore Anthony Jones scored 23 points, including three three-pointers, to lead the Bison (13-9) at Gallaudet.
Mont.-Rockville 82, Cecil CC 66:
Steve Allen scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half as Rockville (7-17) overcame a 36-34 halftime deficit and won at home. Ed Farrell added 20 points for the Knights. Cecil (4-21) was led by Rich Unger (21 points).
Mary Washington 96, Goucher 71:
In Fredericksburg, Eddie Fields scored 18 points to lead four Eagles in double figures.