Dec. 28, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave basketball team hosts its final non-conference opponent of the 2008-09 regular season this Monday when Grambling State makes its first-ever trip to Fogelman Arena for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
Tulane (5-6) is 4-2 at home this season, but suffered a narrow 74-73 loss to Binghamton in its last home game this past Saturday. The Wave is averaging 74.6 points per game at home this season (nine points better than its season average), while limiting its opponents to 67.0 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 12.6 points per game and assists with 3.7 per outing, while senior Robinson Louisme is the team's second-leading scorer with 10.4 points per contest and top rebounder with 6.5 boards per outing.
Grambling State (2-8) comes into its contest against the Green Wave mired in a four-game skid and has lost five out of its last six outings. The Tigers last win came at home on Dec. 3 to Southern (New Orleans), 98-53. GSU is 0-5 on the road this season and is surrendering 83.4 points per game while averaging just 48.0 points on an opponents' home floor. The Tigers are 1-1 at neutral sites with a one-point, 72-71, win over Morehead State and a 55-41 loss to The Citadel.
Andrew Prestley leads the team in scoring with 11.7 points per game, while Ibrahim Kpaka and Ariece Perkins are second and third on the team in scoring with 11.6 and 10 points per contest, respectively. Prestley is also the team's top rebounder with 5.6 boards per outing.
Tulane will face a modern in-state school for the 375th time this Monday when it battles Grambling State. The Green Wave has a record of 206-168 (.550) against in-state schools in Louisiana, which includes Dillard, Loyola, LSU, Nicholls State, Southern (N.O.), Southern (B.R.), Centenary, Louisiana College, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, New Orleans, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana and Xavier (La.).
Monday's game marks the first meeting between Tulane and Grambling State. Tulane will face four Louisiana schools this season (McNeese State, Nicholls State, New Orleans, Grambling State) and brings a 2-1 record into its final contest of the year against in-state opponent. Tulane is 2-1 this season against first time opponents on its home floor with victories over McNeese State (68-62) and Albany State (87-59), while its lone loss came last week to Binghamton (74-73).