GREENVILLE, N.C. – Senior David Gomez scored 18 points to lead Tulane over host East Carolina in Conference USA action Saturday night, 72-56.
Tulane (14-6, 4-2 Conference USA) had four players score in double figures as it won for the fourth consecutive time after beginning league play 0-2. The win was the Green Wave’s sixth consecutive against the Pirates (7-11, 1-4), who lost their third in-a-row.
Robinson Louisme helped Tulane to a plus-13 advantage on the boards, with a game-high seven rebounds. Louisme added 11 points in the victory, while Mat Wheaton and Donnavan Stith scored 10 each.
Tulane seized control of the game with under seven minutes left in the half, going on a 15-3 run to close the half and holding ECU without a field goal for five minutes. The game appeared that it would be tight as there were five ties in the first 15 minutes with each side holding a five-point advantage during the opening 20 minutes.
Trailing by 11-6, the Pirates (7-11, 1-4) went on a 14-4 run to take a 20-15 lead with just over eight minutes as Darrell Jenkins nailed back-to-back 3s to give ECU the lead. But the Green Wave scored on three consecutive possessions to tie the game.
Robinson gave Tulane the lead for good with 4:51 left in the half. Robinson had seven points in the Green Wave’s final first half run.
Freshman Jamar Abrams got free in the lane for a dunk to get ECU within four less than five minutes into the second half, but that’s as close as it would get the rest of the night.
Gomez then scored eight of the next 10 points to push the Tulane lead to double figures. The Green Wave led by 19 at the 4:11 mark and never let its lead dip below the final margin of 16 points.
East Carolina was led by Darrell Jenkins with 12 points.