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Austin Nichols hits game-winner, Memphis beats Tulane 57-55



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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Austin Nichols scored on a one-dribble baseline pull-up with 3.1 seconds left, giving Memphis a 57-55 victory at Tulane Saturday night.

Nichols slipped a screen near midcourt to get free on the wing and challenged defender Tre Drye for the game-winner. He scored the last six points for Memphis (12-7, 5-3 American) over the final 2:11 and finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.

Tulane's Louis Dabney missed a heave from half court at the buzzer.

Nichols' tip-in gave Memphis a 54-51 lead with 1:43 left and Tulane (13-7, 4-4) answered 30 seconds later with Jay Hook's 3-pointer, tying it at 54.

The Tigers led 49-40 with 9:47 left, but Tulane answered with seven straight points and capped an 11-2 run tied at 51.

Markel Crawford added 15 points and five steals for Memphis.

Hook led the Green Wave with 13 points. Dabney and Jonathan Stark added 10 points apiece.

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