Marshall Falls To Tulane In C-USA Opening Round, 64-58


Marshall's Mark Dorris, left, and Tulane's Chris Moore reach for a loose ball on the court during the first half. (AP Photo/Mike Brown)

Marshall's Mark Dorris, left, and Tulane's Chris Moore reach for a loose ball on the court during the first half. (AP Photo/Mike Brown)

March 8, 2006

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -David Gomez scored 21 points, matching his career high, and grabbed 10 rebounds Wednesday night as Tulane moved to the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament with a 64-58 win over Marshall.

The Green Wave (12-16), the tournament's No. 8 seed, connected on 10 of 12 free throws in the final 5:24 to move into the next round against the tournament's top seed, No. 5 Memphis, on Thursday.

Gomez was part of the Green Wave's control of the interior, as Tulane outscored ninth-seeded Marshall 44-20 on points in the paint and 17-10 on second-chance points.

Quincy Davis scored 17 points on 8-of-14 from the field, but was hampered by foul trouble. Donnie Stith added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Marshall (12-16) was led by Mark Patton with 15 points, while Joe Miles scored 11. Markel Humphrey finished with 10 points.

The Thundering Herd, which was successful from 3-point range in the first half, missed 11 of 12 shots outside the arc in the second half.

The two teams were tied at 56 with 2:26 remaining, but Marshall could manage only two free throws by Humphrey the rest of the way.

By halftime, Marshall already had surpassed their offensive output when they lost 61-36 in the regular-season meeting between the two teams. After hitting 7-of-15 from beyond the arc, Marshall led 37-32 at the half.

Davis led Tulane with 13 points at the half. There were nine lead changes in the first half with Marshall's 5-point lead at intermission their biggest of the game.