Freshman Kevin Sims scored a career-high 18 points in Tulane's 66-53 victory over Loyola (La.).
Nov. 21, 2006
New Orleans -Freshman Kevin Sims came off the bench and scored a career-high 18 points, while sophomore Ryan Williams added 10 points to lead the Green Wave to a 66-53 victory over Loyola (La.) in front of a crowd of 2,152 at Fogelman Arena.
In an emotionally charged game between two schools located less than a block apart, Tulane (3-1) increased its record in the series to 8-1 and has now won seven straight contests against the Wolfpack, while Loyola dropped to 2-2 this season.
"When you look at college basketball and how inconsistent teams are from game-to-game, I'll definitely take this win," head coach Dave Dickerson said. "I take my hat off to Loyola. Mike (Giorlando) had them ready to play. They played hard and they played physical, and took us out of our game."
Tulane trailed just twice in the game, both of which came in the early minutes. Sophomore Robinson Louisme's lay-up gave the Wave an 8-7 lead and TU never trailed again. However, the pesky Wolfpack didn't fade and never let Tulane jump out to a commanding lead in the opening half.
Using a dominant height advantage, the Greenies continually went to its inside game and either scored or drew a foul. Tulane traveled to the free-throw line and connected on 14-of-16 attempts in the first half. TU came into the game averaging 13 three-point field goal attempts per game, but did not have an attempt in the opening stanza.
Tulane's largest lead of 10 points occurred when junior Matt Wheaton nailed the second of two free throws to make the score, 32-22. However, the Wolfpack used the long ball and took advantage of several Green Wave turnovers to slice the lead to five points on two occasions, including a lay-up by Luke Zomo following a TU miscue that pulled Loyola to within five points, 34-39, with under a minute remaining in the half. But Williams hit a jumper and then stole the ball, dribbled the length of the court and dunked at the buzzer to give Tulane a nine-point advantage at intermission.
In the second half, Zumo helped his team trim the lead to six points with a jumper, but any comeback attempt was short lived. Sophomore Daniel Puckett scored a leaning jumper, and minutes later freshman Asim McQueen hit a lay-up to give the Wave a 12-point lead. Tulane led by as many as 15 points in the second half.
The Green Wave dominated the paint, outscoring its nearby neighbor, 34-18, and the TU bench outscored Loyola, 35-8. TU also out-rebounded the Wolfpack, 42-30, and held them to just 35.7 percent from the field for the game, including 30-percent in the second period.
James Bunn led Loyola with 17 points, while Zumo chipped in 13 points in the loss.