Nov. 25, 2006
Terre Haute, Ind. - Junior David Gomez led all scorers with 20 points, but Indiana State used an 18-2 run fueled by three consecutive three-pointers to erase an eight-point deficit and snap Tulane's three-game win streak with a 59-47 victory in front of 3,577 fans at the Hulman Center.
Trailing by two points at intermission, the Green Wave (3-2) charged out of the gates at the beginning of the second half and used an 8-2 run overtake Indiana State (3-1), and build its largest lead at 40-32 at the 10:48 minute mark on a Gomez jumper.
However, the Sycamores rallied and did not allow TU another field goal for seven minutes. During the draught, ISU scraped back into the game and trailed by a basket when Marico Stinson buried back-to-back treys and teammate Gabe Moore made it three straight with his three-pointer to give the Sycamores a four-point cushion.
The Green Wave remained in a shooting slump and by the time Gomez hit a jumper at the 4:38 mark Indiana State had built an eight point lead. TU was forced to foul in the final minutes and the Sycamores hit 7-of-8 free throws to preserve the victory.
"This is a tough loss for us," Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "I thought we played well enough in the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second half to win the basketball game. Obviously, we had some key breakdowns in our defense that allowed Indiana State to take the game away from us, and that's a sign of a good team that is well coached. They took advantage of our mistakes and turned the game around. We knew we had to be a solid and tough team for 40 minutes to win the game and we were for 30 minutes tonight. The last 10 minutes is when their experience and toughness took over."
ISU's Moore led three Sycamore players into double figures with 15 points, while Jay Tunnell added 12 points and Stinson turned in 11 points. Trent Wurtz grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
Tulane fell behind early but used a mini-run to take a six-point, 8-2, lead, which marked the Green Wave's largest lead in the first half. Indiana State then rallied and built a six point lead of its own and looked to be taking control of the game, but the TU duo of Gomez and Moore ignited the Tulane offense late in the first half. Gomez broke loose in the lane for a jumper and Moore followed by draining a three-pointer off a fast break. Gomez struck on back-to-back possessions to tie the game at 25-25.
Indiana State's Gabe Moore sank two free throws in the final minute and the Sycamores led at the break, 27-25.
Tulane shot 45.8 percent in the opening period, and its stingy defense held ISU to just 29-percnt on its home floor.