Tulane Defeats UNO 77-67 In Season Opener

Camper, Gomez and Moore score 16 each as the Green Wave erase 10-point second-half deficit

COLLEGE STATION, Texas–The surroundings were a little different, the fans had a noticeable Texas drawl and the court featured neither a Green Wave or a Privateer in sight, but none of that mattered to the Tulane University men's basketball team as it opened the Dave Dickerson era with a 77-66 win over cross-town foe University of New Orleans Tuesday afternoon at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University.

The game is the first of two between the New Orleans-based schools and was originally slated to be held at Tulane's Fogelman Arena. Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Green Wave team set up shop in College Station while the Privateers packed for Tyler, Texas. Tulane (1-0) and UNO (1-1) have called Texas A&M and UT-Tyler their respective homes throughout the 2005 fall semester, and will return to New Orleans in late December.

"I told our guys in the locker room that I've been coaching for a long time and I've had a lot of success, but this is the best win I've ever been involved in," first-year head coach Dickerson said. "No one understands what our universities and our teams have been through except for us, and for us to come out and win this under these circumstances is a great statement for our team and our university."

The trio of Vincent Camper, David Gomez and Chris Moore scored 16 points apiece, and Gomez posted a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds. Tulane trailed 49-39 midway through the second half, but Camper, Gomez and Moore, along with sophomore forward Donnie Stith, helped Tulane chip away at the lead and post an 11-point win.

Camper was just one assist shy of posting a double-double of his own with nine passes that led to baskets, while Stitch chipped in with nine points and six boards. The Green Wave used its inside presence to outrebound the Privateers 50-33 and outscore UNO 40-16 in the paint.

"One of the things we're trying to be is a team, and we need guys to step up," Dickerson said. "David Gomez, Donnie Stith and Vincent Camper really did that today, especially in the second half. Chris Moore has been one of our best players from the start of camp up until now, so you always like to see those guys get rewarded."

The game was tied 35-all at halftime, but the Privateers used a 14-4 spark out of the break to take a 10-point lead with 13:47 left to play. The Green Wave answered with a 15-2 run, including eight points from Gomez, to take a 54-51 lead less than five minutes later.

UNO got a pair of free throws from James Parlow to reclaim a 55-54 lead with 7:06 remaining in regulation, and the two teams battled back and forth over the next three and a half minutes. The Privateers held a slim 63-62 lead at the 4:22 mark, but the Green Wave forced a turnover via a charge by Privateer standout Bo McCalebb, and Moore buried his third of four 3-pointers on the ensuing possession to give Tulane a 65-63 lead it would not relinquish.

The Privateers cut the lead to one with a free throw by Wayne Williams with 3:09 left to play, but Tulane outscored UNO 12-2 the rest of the way to cruise to a season-opening victory.

McCalebb led the Privateers with a game-best 23 points, including a 10-of-16 showing from the free-throw line, while Parlow and Jamie McNeilly chipped in with 18 and 13 points, respectively. Parlow paced UNO with nine rebounds while McNeilly had a team-leading four assists.

The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Nov. 26, when they take on Texas A&M at 7 p.m. at Reed Arena. Even though Tulane will be playing on the home court of the Aggies, it will be a "home" game for the Green Wave. For ticket information, contact the Texas A&M Athletics Ticket Office at 979-845-2311.

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