Nov. 28, 2006
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Junior forward David Gomez posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie point guard Kevin Sims added 16 points and six assists, as the Tulane University men's basketball team defeated Huston-Tillotson, 80-54, Tuesday evening in Fogelman Arena.
The Green Wave used a hot start to jump out to a 30-11 advantage 11 minutes into the ballgame and 15-0 run midway through the second half to seal the win. With the victory, Tulane improves to 4-2 on the year. Huston-Tillotson, meanwhile, falls to 0-6.
"Judging from last year, we didn't get our first win until January 2," Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "This is a great win for us. Our guys played hard in spurts tonight. We were just out of rhythm a little bit, but we won the game by 26 points and had a chance to get everyone to play. Even our walk on Kevin Crook got into the game tonight which is good."
The 30-11 lead was Tulane's largest of the first half, but the Rams answered with an 11-3 run over the next six minutes to cut the Green Wave's advantage to 11. Tulane outscored Huston-Tillotson 11-5 the rest of the stanza to take a 44-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Rams scored the first basket of the second half on a layup by Justin Phillips, and Huston-Tillotson eventually whittled the lead down to nine at 55-46 with 10:23 left in the contest. From there, the post presence of Gomez and sophomore Robinson Louisme keyed the Green Wave's big run to make it a 24-point ballgame less then five minutes later.
Louisme started the rally with a dunk and added a layup and a pair of free throws, Gomez chipped in with a pair of layups plus an and-one free throw, senior guard Andrew Garcia dropped in a couple from the charity stripe, and sophomore forward Daniel Puckett put the exclamation point on the run with a two-handed dunk to put the game out of reach. The two teams essentially traded baskets the rest of the night as Tulane cruised to a 26-point victory.
Gomez and Sims were two of three Tulane players to post double-digit scoring nights as Puckett scored 10 on five-of-nine shooting from the field. Senior post player Kory Castine added nine points and Louisme dropped in eight. Gomez led all players in rebounding while Puckett contributed with nine and Louisme tallied a career-best seven caroms. Senior guard Chris Moore paced the team with seven assists while Sims posted six assists and Garcia added five.
K.C. Asomugha, Doug Krause and Orlando Wilson tied for team-best scoring honors for Huston-Tillotson with 11 each, including three 3-pointers by Krause. Phillips paced the Rams with six rebounds while Stevin Bolden-Curry led the team with four assists.
The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Dec. 2, when they take on arch-rival LSU at 2 p.m. in the New Orleans Arena. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone or via internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.