Junior Robinson Louisme scored a team-best 12 points, hitting 6-of-7 field goal attempts, in the Green Wave's 68-53 exhibition victory over Loyola.
Nov. 1, 2007
New Orleans - Junior Robinson Louisme led four Tulane players into double figures with 12 points as the Green Wave led from start to finish in a 68-53 exhibition victory over Loyola in front of 2,381 at Fogelman Arena.
In its lone tune-up game of the season, Tulane burst out of the gates with a 9-0 run that was extended to 13 points, 17-4, on a short jumper by sophomore Asim McQueen with just under five minutes gone by in the first half. Sophomore Eric Vianney, who played his first game in as a Green Wave player, sparked the run with a pair of three-pointers.
Loyola fought back on a pair of long distance shots by Luke Zumo and Sean Bennett to close the gap to six points, but a three-pointer by sophomore Kevin Sims sparked a 9-0 run that extended the TU lead to 28-13 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Wave led by double figures for most of the period, but Zumo, who scored 14 points in the opening stanza, broke free for a lay-up with 0:20 remaining to slice the lead to nine points, and Tulane held a 42-33 lead at intermission.
One of the keys to TU's success in the first half was its field goal percentage. Tulane torched the nets, hitting 57.1 percent on 16 of 28 attempts, while the Green Wave defense limited the Wolfpack to 36.4 percent. However, Loyola drilled 6-of-11 treys to stay within striking distance.
Tulane cooled down in the second half, but still kept Loyola at arm's length. The Wolfpack managed to cut the deficit to seven points on a three-pointer by Tony Beaulieu that made it 50-43, but junior Daniel Puckett knocked down a jumper and senior Donnavan Stith connected on two free throws to put Tulane's lead back into double digits.
Along with Louisme, senior David Gomez scored 11 points, while the duo of Sims and Stith threw in 10 points. Stith and classmate Matt Wheaton led TU's effort on the boards with seven rebounds apiece, and Sims, last year's leading assists leader, collected eight assists.
Zumo led all scorers with 17 points, while Beaulieu and Bennett added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Green Wave will open the season at home against Auburn on Friday, November 9 at 8 p.m.