Dec. 26, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane basketball team begins a two-game home stand this Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. against Binghamton at Fogelman Arena. The Green Wave will play its final non-conference home games in the next three days against the Bearcats and Grambling State on Monday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.
Tulane is 4-1 at home this season and captured an 88-51 victory over North Carolina A&T in the last outing on its home floor on Dec. 18. The Wave is averaging 76.4 points per game at home this season, while limiting its opponents to 65.6 points per contest, and has scored 80+ points twice (87 vs. Albany State; 88 vs. North Carolina A&T).
Junior Kevin Sims leads the Wave in scoring with 12.8 points per game and assists with 3.60 per outing, while senior Robinson Louisme is the team's second-leading scorer with 10.5 points per contest and top rebounder with 6.7 boards per outing.
Binghamton (5-4) snapped a two-game skid earlier this week with a 69-58 win at home over Rider. The Bearcats, who are a member of the America East Conference and preside in Vestal, N.Y., opened the season with a win over Mansfield University (80-62), but suffered back-to-back losses to George Washington (71-57) and Central Connecticut State (76-51) before ripping off a three-game win streak over Utah Valley (73-66), Quinnipiac (74-58) and Rutgers (66-56).
The Bearcats are 2-3 on the road this season, claiming both victories at Quinnipiac and Rutgers, but dropped its last road outing at Bucknell (63-60).
D.J. Rivera is one of five Binghamton players averaging double figure scoring with 20.8 points per game and also leads the team in rebounding with 6.8 boards per contest.
Saturday's game marks the first meeting between Tulane and Binghamton. TU has an all-time record of 3-1 against teams from the America East Conference, including Maine (2-0), Hartford (1-0), New Hampshire (0-1). The Wave downed Maine, 66-56, at the USA Basketball Classic in Mobile, Ala. on Nov. 29.
Saturday's contests marks Binghamton's first-ever game against a Conference USA opponent. Tulane is 2-0 this season against first time opponents on its home floor with victories over McNeese State (68-62) and Albany State (87-59).