Dec. 5, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - Junior Robinson Louisme led three Tulane players into double figures with 14 points and the Green Wave snapped a three-game skid with a 75-43 victory over Huston-Tillotson in front of 1,149 at Fogelman Arena.
Tulane (4-3) never trailed in the game and used a 10-2 run early in the contest to sprint out to a double-digit lead and never looked back. Sophomore Asim McQueen, who scored a career-best 10 points, hit two free throws to spark the spurt and later hit a lay-up during the run. The Green Wave needed less than nine minutes to reach double figures and put the game away.
Senior David Gomez entered the night just eight points shy of the 1,000-point plateau, and he managed to hit the mark at the 5:29 mark in the opening period when he was fouled on a made lay-up. He connected on the free throw and became the 29th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points.
Gomez's conventional three-point play gave Tulane a 20-point lead, its largest of the first half, and the Wave took a 34-17 led into the break.
The second half turned into a track meet with TU outscoring Huston-Tillotson (0-6), 41-26. The Green Wave's lead was never less than 17 points, while its largest advantage of the game came with 4:20 remaining when freshmen Johnny Mayhane knocked in a lay-up for a 39-point lead.
"We are excited about the win," Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "Whenever you can get a win these days in college basketball you take it. This is probably the best, ugliest win I have ever been associated with, but Huston-Tillotson is a hard team to play. They don't have any players over 6'4" or 6'5" and they come at you from every direction. They changed defenses a lot and kept us off guard, and that was their only chance at winning the game and they did a good job in the first half. Our team showed some toughness. Losing three games in a row, we were in a funk and I think we got ourselves out of that funk and are back on track. Now, we're looking forward to trying to roll from here."
Along with Lousime and McQueen, Gomez topped off his milestone night with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from both the field and free-throw line. Louisme tied the Rams' Titus Butler for game-high rebounding honors with eight apiece. Louisme also rejected four of Tulane's six blocked shots, and collected three steals. All but one of Tulane's 11 players that saw action reached the scoring column.
The Green Wave won the battle on the boards, 51-37, and held Huston-Tillotson to just 25.4 percent from the field for the game, including 23.1 percent in the first half, and the TU defense smothered the Rams into a 10 percent effort from behind the three-point line for the evening.
Butler led all scorers with 25 points and was the lone Ram player to reach double figures. In fact, no other player on Huston-Tillotson's squad scored more than four points.