Tulane Knocks Off Herd, 61-36


Mark Patton scored eight points to lead Marshall against Tulane.

Mark Patton scored eight points to lead Marshall against Tulane.

Feb. 5, 2006

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NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's David Gomez scored 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting to lead the Green Wave to a 61-36 win over Marshall at Fogelman Arena.

The Herd's 36 points is the lowest for a Marshall team since the 1947-48 season, when San Diego State knocked off MU, 41-23.

The story of the night for Marshall was its inability to find the bottom of the net. The Herd shot only 23.6% from the floor and 11.1% from three, and managed only 13 made field goals on the night, and only five in the second half. Tulane shot 45.3% from the floor and 35.7% from three, and also outrebounded the Herd, 45-32, on the night.

"Their inside players are playing well right now, and they are bigger across the board than us," said Marshall head coach Ron Jirsa. "We did not respond by playing harder. We did not give a great effort, and we need a great effort to win tonight.

"Our poise level was not there," Jirsa continued. "We stress effort and poise, and tonight, we got neither."

Marshall never led in the game, but only trailed 24-21 on the half. The Herd cut the Green Wave lead to one on two occasions early in the second half, but Tulane went a 15-0 run and held Marshall scoreless for more than ten minutes to pull away from the Herd.

Mark Patton (Barboursville, W.Va.) was the Herd's leading scorer with eight points. Markel Humphrey (Ellenwood, Ga.) led Marshall on the glass with seven rebounds.

 

 

Quincy Davis was the Green Wave's other double-digit scorer with 13 points. Davis, Matt Wheaton, and Andrew Garcia each grabbed seven rebounds for Tulane.

Marshall returns to action Wednesday night at the Henderson Center against Rice. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.