Tulane Defeats Nicholls State, 73-51


Posted Nov 17, 2007


It got worse in the second half as Tulane intensified their half court defensive pressure. The Colonels managed to score only 23 points in the second half, shooting 16.1 percent from the floor, on a 5-of-31 performance

Tulane played outstanding defense rallying from a 12-point first-half deficit to pull away from the Nicholls State Colonels for a 73-51 win Friday before a crowd announced at 1,935.

Tulae's record moves to 3-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Nicholls State falls to 1-2.

The Colonels led by as many as 12 points twice in the first half, at 16-4 and 18-6, near the mid-point of the first half, but Tulane rallied, playing intense defense and pulled away in the second half.

Nicholls has now lost all 16 games in a series dating back to the 81-82 season.

Four players scored in double figures for the Green Wave. Robinson Louisme led the Green Wave with 14 and tied with teammate David Gomez for the game high in rebounds with 7.

Also in double figures for the Green Wave were Matt Wheaton with 13, Kevin Sims with 12, and Eric Vianney with 10, while Gomez scored 9 for the Wave.

Sims also distributed 8 assists.

Michael Czepil led the Colonels with a game high 16-points. Junior Ryan Bathie added 11 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Mitch Boyce also scored in double figures for the Colonels with 10 points.

Tulane went on a 20-1 run to take a 26-19 lead with 4:27 remaining in the half. Louisme led the Wave with 8 points during the run.

The Green Wave led the Colonels by seven points at the half at 35-28. Nicholls hit seven of it's first twelve shots, but from that point the Colonels cooled off and hit on only four of their last fifteen first-half shots.

It got worse in the second half as Tulane intensified their half court defensive pressure. The Colonels managed to score only 23 points in the second half, shooting 16.1 percent from the floor, on a 5-of-31 performance.

For the game, Nicholls shot 27.6 percent, 16-of-58, from the floor and 22.2 percent from beyond the three-point line.

The visitors opened the second half with a 9-to-4 run that cut the Tulane lead to 2 at 39-37 with 16:21 remaining. But from that point the Green Wave outscored the Colonels 25-6 to ice the ball game.

Eric Vianney hit two trey's and Louisme and Gomez each added four points to fuel that run.

Tulane will take Thanksgiving off before returning to action on Saturday, November 24 against cross-town rival University of New Orleans at Fogelman Arena. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.



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