Jan. 1, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - Junior David Gomez led all scorers with a career-high 32 points, but New Orleans used a 13-4 run during a stretch of the game to down the Green Wave 84-77 in a battle between the two cross-town rivals at the Human Performance Center on the UNO campus.
In game that featured seven ties and 11 lead changes, Tulane (7-5) tied the game for the final time when Gomez connected on two free throws at the 7:52 minute mark. New Orleans (7-7) then took the lead for good when James Parlow buried a three-pointer. Tulane stayed close and trailed by one point when Bo McCalebb reeled off four points on a bucket and two free throws, and Parlow drained his second trey to give the Privateers a six-point cushion.
The Wave's attempted comeback was stalled by cold shooting down the stretch. TU misfired on three straight trips and by the time sophomore Daniel Puckett knocked down a pair of free throws TU trailed by double figures.
Despite having to foul in the waning moments, freshman Kevin Sims hit back-to-back three-pointers and brought the Green Wave to within six points, but time ran out and the two teams split the season series. Earlier this season, Tulane downed the Privateers, 78-64, at Fogelman Arena.
"We played well enough to win the game, but just didn't make the toughest plays to win," Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "We had situation where we had mental breakdowns on both the offensive and defensive ends and when you are on the road you can't have those breakdowns. New Orleans is a good team with a great player in Bo McCalebb and they had three other guys in double figures. My hat goes off to our guys. They tried and worked hard, but it just wasn't good enough to win the game today."
Gomez hit 9-of-13 field goal attempts and connected on 14-of-17 free throws, and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. His scoring effort topped that of McCalebb, who entered the game as the nation's third leading scorer. McCalebb finished with 27 points, one point above his season average.
TU scored 20 of its 30 points in the paint during the first half, but couldn't contain McCalebb, who tallied 15 points in the opening stanza. UNO led at the break, 34-30.