Dec. 27, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave basketball team will look to put together its third three-game win streak of the season when it hosts the Alabama State Hornets this Friday at 7 p.m. in the final game of 2007 for both squads at Fogelman Arena.
TU (8-4) is coming off back-to-back wins over Southeastern Conference member Georgia, 70-69, and St. John's out of the Big East, 79-71, and needs a win over the Hornets to match its best win streak of the season. Tulane has won five out of its last six games and the TU defense has held its opponents to 65.6 points per outing, while the Green Wave offense has averaged 74.2 points over the same duration.
Tulane is 5-1 at home this season with wins over Auburn (77-62), Nicholls State (73-51) Huston-Tillotson (75-43), Gardner-Webb (84-79) and Indiana State (80-68). TU's lone home loss this season was to New Orleans (74-67). The Green Wave owns a 15-2 (.882) record against non-conference teams at Fogelman Arena under head coach Dave Dickerson.
For the year Tulane is averaging 69.9 points and 36 rebounds per game and is shooting 46 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from behind the three-point line and 74.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Sophomore Kevin Sims leads three Green Wave players in double figure scoring with 13.1 points per game, while senior David Gomez is second with 11.8 points per contest and junior Robinson Louisme is third with 11.3 points per outing. Louisme is also the team's top rebounder with 6.1 boards per game, while Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 4.2 and 2.1 per contest, respectively.
Alabama State (4-4) has been very competitive this season and has already defeated one Conference USA member in 2007-08- SMU in Dallas (64-54). The Hornets then narrowly missed out of an upset on the road at Auburn, falling 63-60, and dropped a nine-point, 83-74 decision on the road at current No. 19/19 ranked Miami (Fla.).
ASU is 1-1 against C-USA schools with its win over SMU and an 82-68 loss at Southern Miss. Following the Tulane game, the Hornets close out their non-conference slate on the road at UAB on Jan. 2.
Alabama State is averaging 71.5 points and 40.5 rebounds per game and is shooting 44.2 percent from the field, including 33.8 percent from free-throw line.
Andrew Hayles leads three Hornets in double figure scoring with 13.5 points. Brandon Gordon is second with 12 points per contest, while Chief Kickingstallionsims is third with 10 points per outing. Gordon is also the team's top rebounder with 6.0 boards per clip.
Saturday's game marks the third all-time meeting between Tulane and Alabama State, and the Green Wave leads the series, 2-0. The Wave captured the inaugural meeting between the two teams at Fogelman Arena on Dec. 1, 1959, 99-70. Saturday's game will mark the first contest between the two teams in New Orleans in 48 years.
The teams last met in a neutral court exactly three years ago at the State Farm Sun Bowl Classic in El Paso, Texas. Tulane prevailed in that game, 71-59.
Up next: Tulane makes a short trip to its home-away-from-home, the New Orleans Arena, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, to face in-state rival LSU at 8 p.m. on College Sports Television (CSTV).