Jan. 7, 2008
New Orleans - Tulane University senior forward David Gomez has been named the Conference USA Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 31, 2007 to Jan.6, 2008, as selected by a panel of media covering the league. This is Gomez's first C-USA weekly honor.
Gomez, who hails from Baton Rouge, led Tulane in a 68-63 win over the LSU Tigers last week at New Orleans Arena. He produced his second double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and connected on 54 percent of his field goal attempts (7-13) and 83 percent of his free throws (5-6). Seven of his 13 rebounds came on the offensive boards and he also contributed one assist and one block in 31 minutes.
Gomez came up big and proved to be more than his hometown Tigers could handle. He scored eight of TU's first 12 points in the opening minutes and finished with 12 points in the first half, and added seven points and eight rebounds in the final period.
Tulane registered its first win over its in-state rival in more than 25 years. The last time TU downed the Tigers was in Baton Rouge, 83-72, in the first round of the 1982 postseason NIT on March 12, 1982. With the win, Tulane improved to 3-0 this season against teams from the Southeastern Conference with wins over SEC members Auburn, Georgia and LSU.
Gomez is the fourth player in school history to receive C-USA Player of the Week honors and is the third player to earn the weekly honor under current head coach Dave Dickerson. Last season, Chris Moore (2004-07) picked the award twice, while Quincy Davis (2003-06) earned player of the week accolades once during the 2005-06 campaign.
Tulane has won four straight games and a total of seven out of its last eight contests. During its four-game win streak, TU has chalked up key wins over Georgia, St. John's and LSU.
The Green Wave is 10-4 overall and is off to its best start to a season since the 1999-2000 campaign. TU opens Conference USA play this Wednesday at home against UAB at 7 p.m.