Dec. 20, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane basketball team makes its final trip of the 2008 portion of the schedule this Monday at 6 p.m. with a first time meeting against George Mason at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The contest can be heard live on WIST-AM 690 or via the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
In a pre-Christmas match-up between these first time opponents, the Green Wave will look to register its first victory of the season on an opponents' home floor. TU is 1-3 away from home this season, including 0-2 in true road games. Following the George Mason contest, Tulane has just one remaining non-conference road game this season, which will come at Auburn on Jan. 3.
Junior Kevin Sims leads the Wave in scoring with 13.4 points per game and assists with 3.80 per outing, while senior Robinson Louisme is the team's second-leading scorer with 11.7 points per game and top rebounder with 6.8 boards per outing.
Louisme and has been very effective in his last five contests, hitting 26 of 45 (.580) of his field goal attempts, and is averaging 13.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in his last seven games.
After getting off to a shaky start to begin his final campaign at Tulane, senior Daniel Puckett has evolved to an opponents' worst nightmare in the last two games, averaging 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and is shooting 55.0 (12-of-22) from the field, including a sizzling 71 percent (5-of-7) from behind the three-point line.
Puckett torched the nets for a career-high 21 points vs. Western Kentucky, hitting 8-of-14 field goal attempts, including 4-of-6 three-point tries, and grabbed five rebounds to go along with three assists. In his last game, Puckett rang up his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and once again distributed three assists. He sank 4-of-8 field goal attempts, including his lone three-point attempt.
George Mason (7-2) beings a two-game win streak into Monday night's contest with the Green Wave, and has won five out of its last six outings. The Patriots are 4-0 at home this season and have won their last six straight contests at the Patriot Center dating back to last season. GMU's last loss on its home floor was to UNC-Wilmington, 75-73, on Feb. 16, 2008.
George Mason is just three years removed from its appearance in the 2006 Final Four and has won 75 games dating back to its Final Four run in 2005-06.
Sophomore Cameron Long is one of two players scoring in double figures for the Patriots. Long leads the team with 11.6 points per game and is the top assists man with 3.1 per outings, while senior John Vaughan is second in scoring with 11.4 points per contest. Senior Darryl Monroe leads the team in rebounding with 8.9 boards per outing.
Monday's game marks the first meeting between Tulane and George Mason. Tulane has an all-time record of 11-5 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association, including Georgia State (7-0), Hofstra (2-1), Old Dominion (1-2), Northeastern (0-2) and UNC-Wilmington (1-0).
The Green Wave is 2-1 this season against first time opponents. TU picked wins over Albany State (87-59) and McNeese State (68-62), with its lone loss coming to UC Davis (76-62).