Men's Basketball Falls to Green Wave, 88-72
March 1, 2007
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Moore tied his career-high with 22 points and David Gomez added 20 points to lead Tulane to an 88-72 Conference USA victory Wednesday over East Carolina.
The victory guaranteed the Green Wave (15-12, 8-7) its first winning season in four years.
Tulane trailed just once in the contest when East Carolina's Courtney Captain drilled a three-pointer to give the Pirates a 12-9 advantage, which marked their largest lead of the game.
The Green Wave quickly responded when Gomez was fouled on a lay-up, but his shot found its mark, and he connected on the free throw for the conventional three-point play and tied the game, 12-12. The play, however, ignited an 18-4 Green Wave run over the next four minutes that culminated with a lay-up by Kory Castine to give Tulane an 11-point, 27-16, lead with 10:05 remaining in the first half.
ECU quickly erased its double-digit deficit and cut the Tulane lead to two, 29-27, in less than three minutes.
A pair of bookend 3s by Moore pushed the Green Wave out to a 15-point lead, 42-27, as it outscored ECU 13-0 over the next 3:22. Tulane led by 16 points at halftime, 52-36.
The Pirates closed within 10 points twice after halftime, but never got the Tulane lead down to single digits.