March 1, 2008
Birmingham, Ala. - Senior David Gomez and junior Robinson Louisme each scored a team-best 12 points, but Tulane could not contain UAB's Robert Vaden who led all scorers with 30 points and the Green Wave fell to the Blazers, 69-44, in front of 7,037 at Bartow Arena.
With the loss, Tulane dropped to 15-13 overall and 5-9 in Conference USA play, while UAB improved to 21-8 and 11-3 in league play. The game marked the Green Wave's final regular season road game of the year.
"UAB is a very good basketball team and probably one of the top 25-30 teams in the country," Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "They have so many weapons and one of the best players in college basketball in Robert Vaden. Our guys really competed and played hard, but we need to get to a point where we play hard for 40 minutes. I thought we played hard, but unfortunately tonight it was against one of the best teams in the country."
UAB took control of the game from the opening tip and never looked back. Defensively, the Blazers held Tulane to one field goal for the first six minutes, while the UAB offense was firing on all cylinders, outscoring the Green Wave, 11-2 to open the contest.
Vaden spurred the UAB attack in the first half from both the three-point line and free-throw line. He connected on three treys in the opening period, but also poured in nine points from the charity stripe after Tulane was whistled for a foul on three straight Vaden three-point attempts. Vaden sank all nine attempts and finished the first 20 minutes with 18 points.
Meanwhile, TU continued to struggle from the field. The Wave managed just two field goals during the first 10 minutes, while the Blazers jumped out to a 20-point lead on Vaden's last trio of three throws. Tulane finally reached double digits on a Sims jumper with 6:55 remaining in the period.
UAB led by as many as 27 points on a Channing Toney lay-up, but freshman Kris Richard and Louisme each found the back of the net to trim the deficit to 41-18 at intermission.
The second half proved to be as futile as the first for the Green Wave. Tulane never got any closer than 20 points in the final period, while UAB extended its lead to as many as 28 points early on.
After shooting a dismal 23.3 percent from the field in the first period, Tulane improved to 43.5 percent in the second half, but UAB won the rebounding battle, 43-30, and the Blazers' lead proved to be too much for the Wave to overcome in the final 20 minutes.
Gomez also added four blocks and four steals, while Louisme grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Vaden was the lone Blazer to reach double figures, while Jeremy Mayfield recorded a game-high 10 boards.