Dec. 4, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave men's basketball team will look to snap a three-game skid this Wednesday at 7 p.m. when it begins a three-game home stand against Huston-Tillotson at Fogelman Arena.
Senior forward David Gomez enters the game with 992 career points and needs eight points to become the 29th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
After opening the season with a 3-0 mark, Tulane (3-3) has fallen on hard times, dropping its last home contest to cross-town rival New Orleans (74-67), and then falling in back-to-back road games at Buffalo (65-51) and at Syracuse (73-60) in their last two outings. Tulane is 2-1 at home this season with wins over Auburn (77-62) and Nicholls State (73-51). The Green Wave is averaging 72.3 points on its home floor, while limiting its opponents to 62.3 points in three home games.
Tulane is averaging 65.7 points and 33.8 rebounds per game and is shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 34 percent from behind the three-point line and 76 percent from the free-throw line. Gomez leads the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game, while Robinson Louisme is the top rebounder with 6.3 boards per outing apiece, and Kevin Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 5.8 and 3.4 per contest, respectively.
Located in Austin, Texas, Huston-Tillotson (0-5) is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Activities (NAIA) and is a member of the Red River Athletic Conference. The Rams have stumbled to a 0-5 start this season, and its match-up with Tulane will mark the third opponent from the city of New Orleans. HTU dropped a 71-57 decision to Loyola in its season opener and then fell at Xavier in overtime, 69-64.
Huston-Tillotson is 0-4 on the road this season and under the direction of first-year head coach Curtis Jones. HTU will all play a total of three Division I schools this season, including Tulane, Stephen F. Austin (12/21) and Texas-Pan American (1/16) this season.
The Rams are averaging 71.6 points and 39.4 rebounds per game, and are shooting 38.1 percent from the field, including 30.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 63.6 percent from the foul line. K.C. Asomugha leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 12 points and 8.2 boards per contest.
Wednesday's game marks the second meeting between Tulane and Huston-Tillotson. Tulane's contest against the Rams marks the first of five games against teams from the state of Texas this season. The Green Wave will also battle Conference USA rivals Houston, Rice, SMU and UTEP this season, all of which are located in the Lone Star State.
The last time Tulane and Huston-Tillotson met was a year ago at Fogelman Arena during the inaugural contest between the two schools. 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 Tulane defeated the Rams, 80-54. 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.
The Green Wave owns an 11-2 (.850) record against non-conference teams at Fogelman Arena under head coach Dave Dickerson.