Gomez's 22 Points Leads Tulane Past Charleston Southern 66-60

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Senior David Gomez led all scorers with 22 points in Tulane's 66-60 win at Charleston Southern.
Senior David Gomez led all scorers with 22 points in Tulane's 66-60 win at Charleston Southern.

Nov. 12, 2007

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Charleston, S.C. - Senior David Gomez led all scorers with 22 points and the Green Wave outlasted Charleston Southern's long range bombers, 66-60, in front of a crowd of 3,151 at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Playing in its first road game of the year, Tulane (2-0) had to withstand a late rally in the final minutes to improve to 2-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign and for the first time under third-year head coach Dave Dickerson.

"The bottom line is the fact our guys were good enough and tough enough to win on the road," Dickerson said. "We executed in the last three minutes to win the game. Our defense came through again by holding Charleston Southern to a 38 percent shooting night on its home floor. We played great defense last Friday to beat Auburn at home and we were tough again on defense tonight and that helped us win the game. I'm very, very proud of this team. We did enough things to lose this game, but we had enough character to pull a win out on the road."

Tulane only trailed once in the game, but never led by more than 10 points until midway through the second half when freshman Johnny Mayhane jumpstarted a 9-2 run with a jumper at the 11:02 mark. Senior Donnavan Stith added a lay-up and sophomore Eric Vianney drilled a three-pointer from the left side during the run, and sophomore Kevin Sims culminated the scoring with a short jumper that gave TU a 57-47 advantage with 6:09 remaining. Vianney then hit 1-of-2 free throw attempts to increase the lead to 11 points, the Wave's largest of the game.

Facing its largest deficit of the game, Charleston Southern (1-1) refused to go quietly. The Buccaneers, who hit 11-of-23 three-point attempts for the game, used a 10-1 spurt in the waning minutes to climb to within two points, 59-57, with 1:53 remaining. A key play in the run happened at the 3:23 mark when Tulane was assessed a technical foul for an illegal substitution, but the Buccaneers scored prior to the whistle and the officials counted the made shot by Quinton Goods. Chris Moore hit 1-of-2 free throw shots to complete a four point play.

CSU continued its run with a free throw by Giedrius Knysas and Jamarco Warren drilled one of his five three-pointers and all of the sudden the Buccaneers had fought their way back into the game. Moore brought the home team to within a bucket with a lay-up at the 1:53 mark, and Tulane was forced to call timeout and regroup.

Following the timeout, senior Matt Wheaton found himself wide open driving toward the basket but he was fouled on his layup attempt. Wheaton nailed both of his charity shots to increase the Green Wave lead to four points with just 65 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, CSU's Omar Carter got an open look, but his three-point attempt missed its mark and Gomez was there for the crucial rebound and was immediately fouled. Gomez walked to the other end of the floor and sank both attempts to increase the visitor's lead to six. However, the Buccaneers sliced the deficit in half on a Warren trey with 0:16 left in the game. Sims was fouled on the inbounds pass and hit 1-of-2 free throw shots, and Charleston Southern couldn't find the mark in the closing seconds.

Gomez hit 8-of-12 field goal attempts, including a three-pointer, and added seven rebounds, three blocks and one steal. Sims was the only other Green Wave player to finish in double figures with 11 points and also dished out five assists. Tulane out-rebounded the Buccaneers, 33-29, and shot 50 percent for the game while limiting the home team to 38.6 percent.

Warren led Charleston Southern with 18 points, while Moore added 17 points and Carter chipped in 10 points. Half of the Buccaneers 22 made field goals came from behind the three-point line, where they hit 47.8 percent of their attempts.

Tulane darted out of the gates, scoring 16 points in the first 4:50 to take a seven point lead. Warren tied the game at 16 apiece with his third trey of the half with less than 10 minutes remaining. Both teams traded baskets until Moore broke free for back-to-back three-pointers with the second giving Charleston Southern a 26-24 advantage, which turned out to be the team's lone lead of the game. Stith tied the game with a pair of free throws and sophomore Johnny Mayhane snapped a 30-30 tie with a three-pointer with 0:29 remaining in the period to give the Wave a 33-30 lead at intermission. Gomez concluded the opening period with 13 points.