David Gomez (File Photo)
Dec. 28, 2006
RICHMOND, Va. - Junior David Gomez and sophomore Robinson Louisme led all scorers with 13 points apiece and the Green Wave survived a late rally to down Richmond, 75-63, in front of 3,565 at the Robins Center.
Tulane (7-4) built its largest lead of 19 points when sophomore Daniel Puckett broke free in the paint for lay-up at the 17:11 mark in the second half and gave the Wave a 45-26 advantage.
However, Richmond (4-7) wouldn't go away, rallying over the next 12 minutes to pull to within four points on Drew Crank's lay-up at the 5:08 mark to make the score 55-51. But Tulane kept its composure and senior Andrew Garcia drained a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to extend the TU lead back to seven points.
The Spiders continued to stay close and had one more chance to close the gap. Brian Morris scored two of his team-high 12 points and Peter Thomas connected on two free throws to trail by just four points with 2:43 remaining in the game.
Following a foul, Garcia stepped to the line and missed both free throws, but junior Matt Wheaton tipped in Garcia's second miss and Puckett reeled off five of his career-high 12 points during a 7-0 run that put the game away and gave the Green Wave its first road win of the season.
"We knew going into the game that our strength was our inside players and we normally outscore our opponents in the paint, so we knew had to get started by scoring the ball in the paint early," Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "Robby Louisme started us off by playing the type of basketball it took to win a game like this. He came in and gave us a spark off the bench and made some tough plays, and went to the line and made five of six free throws. He was the one player that gave us the momentum and toughness to win a road game."
Freshman Kevin Sims joined Gomez, Louisme and Puckett in double figures with 10 points and tied Garcia with four assist apiece. Tulane out-rebounded Richmond, 36-28, and shot better than 47-percent from the field in each half.
Tulane rolled in the first half, shooting 63.6 percent from the field, including 57.1 percent from behind the three-point line and built a 16-point lead at halftime. Louisme played the biggest factor in TU's first half success, scoring 11 points, while Gomez tallied eight points. The Green Wave's defense held the Spiders to just 37.5 percent shooting from the field and 11 total rebounds in the opening period.