November 14, 2018

UAB Holds Off Privateers

Gates led UNO with
9 rebounds
A spirited Privateer rally in Birmingham fell short on Wednesday night, as UAB defeated New Orleans 75-68.

A feisty UNO squad jumped out to a solid start, leading 20-15 early.  They were holding steady at 28-28 before the homestanding Blazers scored the final nine points of the half to lead 37-28 at the break.  It didn't go much better for New Orleans out of the locker room, as UAB continued a layup fest to extend the lead to 18 before the Bucs began a comeback.

Led by Ezekiel Charles with 20 points, they cut the lead to as little as 60-57.  At 67-63, Troy Green had a one-and-one to potentially cut it to two, but missed.  The hosts were then able to reestablish tenuous control and hold UNO off, scoring their narrow victory.

Charles shot 8-for-12 from the field and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.  Joining him in double figures for the Privateers (2-2) was Scott Plaisance with 12, including his first three of the year.  Gerrale Gates had 11 to go along with a team-high 9 rebounds.

UNO has a 10-day layoff before beginning a three-game homestand on Saturday, November 24 against a team that apparently exists called Governor's State.

November 12, 2018

UNO Knocks off Pensacola Christian

In a game that was a slog until a late hot streak, New Orleans (2-1) worked their way past Pensacola Christian College by an 87-59 score at Lakefront Arena on Monday night.

Bryson Robinson led an almost impossibly balanced UNO attack with 13 points as the Privateers survived sluggishness out of the gate that saw PCC lead by seven early.  The hosts were able to manage a 10-point halftime lead and were unable to truly break free until the final 10 minutes.  Ezekiel Charles added 12 points, and Charles' fellow senior Tyren Harrison added 11.  Two other Privateers had 9.

UNO has a quick turnaround and a much tougher test on Wednesday night as they travel to Birmingham to face UAB.

November 08, 2018

Northwestern Wears Down Privateers

Freshman F Gerrale Gates
What was a feisty UNO effort for much of the night turned into a rout by the end at Northwestern, as the Wildcats dominated the Privateers (1-1) down the stretch in an 82-52 win in their opener.

After quickly falling behind 8-0, New Orleans played the rest of the half even and had Northwestern flustered.  The Bucs trailed by just four in the second half and still trailed just 46-39 before the Big Ten hosts hit a rhythm, turned UNO over a few times, and went on an extended run to finish the game.

Freshman Gerrale Gates impressed again, reaching double digits with 10 to lead a mostly anemic Privateer offensive attack which saw Bryson Robinson and Ezekiel Charles combining for just nine points.  New Orleans shot 42% from the field and a miserable 10-for-22 from the foul line.

New Orleans returns home for its next contest, a Monday night tilt against Pensacola Christian at Lakefront Arena.

November 06, 2018

Privateers Cruise on Opening Night

Zeke Charles throws down an
alley-oop early in the second half
On opening night of the 2018-19 basketball season, the Privateers (1-0) jumped on Spring Hill early and never looked back, scoring an easy 95-66 victory at Lakefront Arena.

New Orleans had a balanced effort, getting solid contributions from returnees and newcomers alike.  Sharp shooting senior Ezekiel Charles and freshman Amari Haynes each led the scoring with 17 apiece.  Charles drained three from long distance, and Bryson Robinson added four threes as well.  6'6" 235-pound freshman Gerrale Gates added 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

UNO will turn around quickly and travel to Northwestern for a Thursday night contest on the Big Ten Network.

May 26, 2018

UNO Falls Just Short in Title Game

Privateer CF Orynn Veillon
After beginning by upsetting the tournament's #1 seed, dropping a winner's bracket game to Houston Baptist in the wee hours of Saturday morning, then coming back to beat HBU on Saturday afternoon, the Privateers finally fell to Northwestern State, 7-5, in the tournament title game.

With its entire pitching staff running on empty, New Orleans went to Bryan Warzek, who threw 110 pitches in Thursday's victorious start, but Warzek was roughed up early as the Demons took a 4-2 lead in the second.  NWST extended the lead to 5-2 before the Privateers fought back with a three-run fifth to tie the score.

William Griffin extended himself way beyond his comfort level in relief, pitching effectively over 4 2/3 innings and 79 pitches in his first appearance of the tournament. But Griffin was taken deep in the seventh by David Fry, the SLC Player of the Year, and the Demons retook the lead at 6-5.  Northwestern State added another run that inning to conclude the game's scoring.

Orynn Veillon concluded the season with a 3-RBI performance, keeping the Privateers in the hunt all night. UNO finished 29-32.