Tulane handily beats Nicholls State
NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Robinson Louisme led four Tulane players in double-figure scoring with a team-best 14 points and the Green Wave won its 16th straight game against Nicholls State, 73-51, on Friday.
Nicholls State (1-2) jumped out to a 12-point lead on two occasions during the game’s opening 10 minutes. But Tulane (3-0) dug in both sides of the ball, reeling off a 20-1 run to take the lead for good on a layup by Kris Richard.
By the time Michael Czepil hit a short jumper to snap the run, Tulane was ahead 26-21.
Tulane built its lead to seven points four different times in the final 10 minutes of the half and Kevin Sims followed a Nicholls State lay-up with seven seconds remaining by going coast-to-coast to beat the buzzer with a floating jumper to give the Wave a 35-28 lead at the break.
Czepil hit a 3-pointer during the opening minutes of the second half to cut the Tulane lead to just two points, but Tulane all but put the game away with an ensuing 12-1 run.
Louisme nailed all six of his field goal attempts and is now a perfect 13-of-13 from the field this season. Matt Wheaton hit 4-of-5, including three 3-pointers, and tied his career-high with 13 points. Sims reached double figures for the third time in as many games with 12 points, while Eric Vianney tied his single game scoring total with 10 points.
Czepil led all scorers with 16 points for Nicholls State, while Ryan Bathie added 11 points and Mitch Boyce chipped in 10 points.