Tulane gets 1st win over LSU in nearly 26 years
NEW ORLEANS (AP)—David Gomez scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Tulane, which got its first victory over LSU in nearly 26 years as the Green Wave recorded a 68-63 win at the New Orleans Arena on Wednesday night.
Kevin Sims added 12 points as Tulane took its seventh win in the past eight games to improve to 10-4 for its best start in eight years.
Terry Martin scored a season-high 19 points for the struggling Tigers (7-6) while Anthony Randolph had 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Green Wave’s victory was of the hard-fought variety, with the lead changing hands four times in the final 3 1/2 minutes.
Daniel Puckett gave Tulane the lead for good with a turnaround jumper that made it 65-63 with 1:16 remaining. LSU’s Randolph missed inside at the other end of the court, and Puckett split a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left to make it 66-63.
Donnavan Stith sealed the win after another Randolph miss with a pair of free throws with 14.9 seconds remaining.
Tulane broke open a 46-46 game with an 8-0 second-half run that Sims ended with a 3-pointer with 11:26 left. The 54-46 lead marked Tulane’s largest advantage in the game.
LSU’s Garrett Temple answered with back-to-back 3-pointers and the Tigers fought their way back into it, pulling within 56-54 with 9:12 left on Dameon Mason’s layup. LSU took the lead, 61-60, on a Randolph dunk with 3:23 left, setting the stage for a finish that proved as dramatic as the first half hinted it might be.
The Tigers held a 32-31 lead at the half after Tulane’s Kris Richard hit a half-court shot at the buzzer.
The Tigers had led by as many as seven points in the first half, 24-17, when Martin drained a 3-pointer to cap a 5-0 run that included free throws scored via technical fouls on Gomez (hanging on the rim) and Green Wave coach Dave Dickerson. Tulane battled back with a 9-0 run of its own, reclaiming a 26-24 lead on Stith’s three-point play at the 4:06 mark.
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