COLLEGE STATION, Texas–Sophomore forward David Gomez had 12 points and seven rebounds, but it was not enough as the Tulane University basketball team dropped an 83-57 decision to Texas A&M Saturday evening at Reed Arena before a crowd of 5,051.
The game was dubbed the "Together in Aggieland: Hurricane Relief Game," Tulane was actually the home team on the scoreboard, and all proceeds from the game went to offset costs of the Tulane Athletic Department, which has six teams stationed in College Station for the fall semester.
That was as far as the Aggies' charitable spirit would go, however, as Texas A&M got 20 points and seven boards from sophomore Joseph Jones to cruise to a 26-point victory.
The A&M defense limited Tulane to just 13 baskets on 39 shot attempts (33.3 percent) and the Aggies turned 19 turnovers into 29 points. The Green Wave held its own in the second half, trailing just 36-31, but the 47-26 first-half deficit proved to be the difference. With the loss, the Green Wave falls to 1-1 on the year while Texas A&M improves to 3-0.
"The most disappointing thing about tonight is that we only had 13 field goals," first-year Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "Our defense was not all that bad, but we just could not put the ball in the basket. Texas A&M did a great job of taking away some of our strengths, and we could not get the ball in the low block.
"We're new (as a team) and it showed tonight. We're going to get back to practice tomorrow and work on getting better. We've only played our second game, and we're not going to back down from anyone we play. But when you play against a good team like Texas A&M, you have to be able to execute on offense or the score is going to be the way it was tonight."
The Green Wave got off to a rough start as the Aggies scored the first six points of the game while forcing three turnovers in four trips to the defensive side of the court. The lead would soon grow into double-digits, and Tulane was never able to recover.
The Aggies were on target in half of their shots in the first half (12-of-24) and hit 10-of-28 after halftime. Tulane hit just 33 percent of its shots for the game, including a 2-for-12 showing from beyond the 3-point arc.
Gomez was the only Tulane player to finish in double digits while sophomore Donnie Stith had nine points and junior guard Vincent Camper had eight. Jones was one of three A&M student-athletes to tally double-digit scoring totals as Dominique Kirk and Acie Law had 10 points apiece.
The Green Wave return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 30, when they take on Butler at 7 p.m. in Indianapolis,Ind. Following the trip to Indy, Tulane will play in the Hawkeye Challenge, hosted by the University of Iowa on Dec. 2-3, before returning to College Station for a Dec. 7 showdown with TCU.
Tulane Falls to Texas A&M, 83-57
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