January 16, 2019

UNO Rallies to Beat SFA

Guard Troy Green
Tied 61-61 with under two minutes left, the Privateers (9-7, 4-1) got two free throws and a layup from freshman Gerrale Gates to help surge to the last seven points of the game and a 68-61 win over Stephen F. Austin.

UNO was blitzed early, trailing 15-2 and 17-4 before rallying strong to a 29-28 halftime lead.  SFA had 13 first half turnovers and 22 for the game, helping UNO to overcome a 40-30 rebounding deficit.

Troy Green had an inspired performance to lead New Orleans with 15 points.  Ezekiel Charles added 12 and Gates 11 for the victors.  UNO shot well from three-point range, nailing 8-for-18 as a team.

The Privateers' next contest will be on Saturday at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 5 p.m. on ESPN3.

January 12, 2019

Privateers Cruise Over McNeese

Jahmel Myers
Finally, the Privateers (8-7, 3-1) were able to open a double-digit second half lead and hang on, scoring an emphatic 79-66 victory over McNeese State Saturday afternoon at Lakefront Arena.

The first half was sluggish on both sides, but Bryson Robinson banked in a three at the buzzer to send UNO to the locker room up 30-25. New Orleans forced a slew of second half turnovers, expanding the lead and hanging on through a brief Cowboys rally to win comfortably.

Robinson led all Privateers with 17 points. Damion Rosser added 15, and Jahmel Myers had another strong effort with 13.

UNO will stay home for its next game, getting conference heavyweight Stephen F. Austin on the lakefront on Wednesday night.

January 09, 2019

UNO Gets Second Straight OT Win

For the second consecutive game, the Privateers let a double-digit lead slip away, but salvaged a hard-fought win in overtime, this time 78-71 at Lamar.

In an already-familiar script, New Orleans, playing without top big man Scott Plaisance, jumped all over the hometown Cardinals early, 26-12.  A terrible stretch at the end of the half cost UNO most of that advantage, but an early second half surge reestablished the double digit lead before Lamar began to break them down and overtook them.  With the Cardinals ahead 60-58, an Ezekiel Charles putback with 1.6 seconds left sent the game to an extra frame.

Charles led New Orleans with 22 points, including four threes, as the Privateers (7-7, 2-1) kept themselves in the game with an unusual weapon, some sharp outside shooting.  Bryson Robinson added 18, and Gerrale Gates and Damion Rosser had 11 each.

The Privateers return home to face McNeese at 4:15ish on Saturday afternoon in a doubleheader with the women's team.

January 05, 2019

Privateers Snag Seesaw Game in OT

Sr G Ezekiel Charles
After leading by as many as 17 points in the first half and 36-21 at the break, the Privateers (6-7, 1-1) held off a Houston Baptist rally that forced overtime, ultimately winning 81-76 on Saturday afternoon.

Though HBU cut the UNO lead to single digits, the Bucs extended it back to 12 and appeared to have things in control as the game headed down the stretch.  But HBU ripped off a 15-2 run to take the lead, culminating in an Oliver Lynch-Daniels three to make it 58-57.  Ezekiel Charles answered with a three for UNO, but two HBU free throws put the game into overtime, where the Privateers finally edged ahead for good.

Charles posted his first career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.  Bryson Robinson added 14 along with 6 assists.  Three other Bucs had 10.

New Orleans will hit the road on Wednesday for a contest at Lamar on ESPN+.

January 02, 2019

Game Slips Away at Abilene

Scott Plaisance
Opening conference play, the Privateers led a double-digit second half lead get away in a 68-58 defeat at Abilene Christian.

New Orleans (5-7, 0-1), which roared to an 18-4 lead, kept its lead through halftime and well into the second half, going up 42-31 with roughly 14 minutes to play.  But by the 7-minute mark, they trailed by 11, enduring a Bryson Robinson ejection and a blitz of nine field goals in a row converted by ACU, completely turning the night around.

Scott Plaisance kept UNO in it all night, providing an inside presence and 18 points, a career high, to go along with 7 rebounds.  Ezekiel Charles had 14.  Damion Rosser provided a workmanlike effort, not scoring much but leading the team with 8 rebounds.

UNO will play its home conference opener this Saturday afternoon at Lakefront Arena.  Tip time is 2 p.m.