The Tulane Green Wave opened regular season play with a solid 77-62 win over the Auburn Tigers in inter-conference play at Fogelman Arena Friday night before a crowd of 1,710.
The Green Wave was led by senior sixth-man Donnavan Stith, who came off the bench to score
12 points and grab 8 rebounds. Stith also blocked a pair of Tiger shots.
For the night the Green Wave bench outscored the War Eagle bench, 30-7.
David Gomez, who led the Wave in scoring last season, appeared to be the focus of Auburn's
defense and was limited to 8 points on 2-of-9 shooting and grabbed but a pair of rebounds.
Gomez made up for his offensive woes by blocking four Tiger shots. Altogether, the Greenies
blocked a total of seven Auburn shots.
Swingman Matt Wheaton scored 9 points and had 9 rebounds.
Point guard Kevin Sims scored 11 points and recorded six assists for Tulane, 1-0, while transfer Eric Vianney added 10 points and contributed five rebounds to the cause in his debut as a Greenie.
Tulane shot 57.1% from the floor in the second half, and finished with a percentage of 46.9 for
the night. The Wave was hot from outside the arc in the first half, making 5-of-12, but cooled
off in the second half and made only 1-of-4 treys.
The Green Wave held the Tigers to 38.9 percent shooting from the floor.
For the night the Green Wave made 25-of-31 from the line, including 14-of-17 in the second half, to finish at 80.6% from the charity stripe.
Auburn was just 13-of-27 from the line.
Auburn, 0-1, was led by Rasheem Barrett with 16 points to lead all scorers on 5-of-13 shooting from the floor. Korvotney Barber notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and DeWayne Reed added 11 points. Frank Tolbert scored 10 points and had six rebounds.
Auburn made three treys in a row to open the gamer and led at 9-4 but the Plainsmen cooled off rapidly, and the Wave used a 12-2 run to take the lead at 28-18 with 6:07 remaining.
The Green Wave led 38-27 at halftime and their hot shooting in the second half locked the
15 point win away.
The victory marked former SEC member Tulane's first win over an SEC school since 2001-02
when the Green Wave upended Vanderbilt, 87-77, at New Orleans Arena, and was the first win
over an SEC opponent at Fogelman Arena since Charlie Moira was head coach in the '76-'77
season when the Wave defeated Ole Miss, 64-59.
Tulane will play next on Monday, Nov. 12 when the team travels to Charleston Southern for its first road game of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.