December 02, 2017

UNO Wins Rout over Williams Baptist

Damion Rosser had a
career-high 19 points
The Privateers (2-5) got a break from the difficult early road schedule, hammering Williams Baptist 87-70 at Lakefront Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Led by freshman Damion Rosser's 19 points, New Orleans was never threatened, taking a 48-24 lead into the locker room and cruising to victory.  Williams Baptist hit several late threes to make the score look closer than it was.

Freshman in double figures for UNO also included Lamont Berzat and Troy Green with 11 each.  Senior Makur Puou added 10 along with 9 boards.  Diontae Champion led the Bucs with 10 rebounds.

Next up for UNO is an 11-day layoff followed by a road contest at SMU.

November 29, 2017

Privateers Fall at Houston, 75-66

Senior Travin Thibodeaux
The young Privateer men's basketball team is still learning how to win, and it continues to be a painful process early in the season. New Orleans was competitive on the road again, but ultimately fell 75-66 to the host Houston Cougars.

Turnovers were an issue again for the visitors, as UNO shot 57% but only launched 47 shots. Travin Thibodeaux led the way with 19 points, and freshman Troy Green added 16 to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists in a breakout performance.

New Orleans trailed 38-31 at the half but fought their way into a 48-48 tie on a Thibodeaux bucket just under the 10-minute mark. But the Cougars drained four threes over the next five minutes as part of a 12-0 run to go back ahead for good.

The Privateers (1-5) get a break this Saturday as they return home to Lakefront Arena to take on Williams Baptist at 2 p.m.

November 26, 2017

Privateer Rally Falls Short in Mobile

Freshman Lamont Berzat tied
for the UNO assist lead with 5
After rallying from a 34-23 halftime deficit to take the lead in Mobile against South Alabama, the Jaguars' Rodrick Sikes hit a deep straight-on three with 16 seconds left to put USA back in front for good. The Jags won, 55-52.

New Orleans began the second half on a 22-3 run to take an eight-point lead, which was answered by a quick 9-0 run by South Alabama to regain the lead.  The game then went back and forth until the end.

Lamont Berzat, who barely played in the first half, sparked the rally in the second half with 5 assists. Travin Thibodeaux led UNO in scoring with 14. Troy Green added 11 and Bryson Robinson 10. Michael Zeno led the team with 10 rebounds and tied Berzat's 5 assists.

The Privateers (1-4) will get another try at their first road win when they visit Houston on Wednesday night.

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November 24, 2017

UNO Edges Spring Hill, Gets First Win

Senior Michael Zeno
It was way too close for comfort, but the Privateers (1-3) edged Division II Spring Hill 74-67 at Lakefront Arena on Friday afternoon for the first win of the season.

New Orleans led by as much as 22 in the first half, settling in to a 40-20 halftime lead.  But the lead slowly eroded over the course of the second half, with UNO leading only 65-59 just after the final media break. The Bucs were unable to establish much offensive rhythm despite shooting over 50% as a team.

Travin Thibodeaux paced the Privateers with 13 points and 5 assists, and Michael Zeno added 12.

The difference was largely at the free throw line, with New Orleans draining 28 of 39 and the visiting Badgers just 9-for-13.

UNO heads back on the road next, facing South Alabama in Mobile on Sunday.

November 21, 2017

UNO Falls at Memphis, Starts 0-3

Senior Makur Puou
An 0-3 start for the Privateers wasn't unexpected, but New Orleans finished its season-opening three-game road trip in disappointing fashion. They never seriously challenged a weak Memphis squad, falling 63-52 at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.

UNO was never really in the game thanks to a 26% shooting performance in the first half en route to a 32-16 deficit at the break. The Privateers fought back to within single digits in the final minute, but the outcome was never seriously in doubt.

Senior Makur Puou led the team in points and rebounds with an 11 and 9 effort.

New Orleans will open its home schedule on Friday afternoon at Lakefront Arena against Division II Spring Hill.

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