December 05, 2018

Privateers Surge Past USA

Ezekiel Charles
Scoring their first win over a Sun Belt school since they left the league in 2010, the Privateers (4-3) roared back from six down at halftime to beat South Alabama, 71-60.

New Orleans had a sluggish first stanza but surged ahead early in the second. UNO got another balanced scoring attack but was again led by Ezekiel Charles with 18.  Scott Plaisance was huge inside for the Bucs with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Damion Rosser added 11 and Jorge Rosa 10.  The home team shot 7-for-12 from beyond the arc, with Charles and Rosa leading the way with three each.

The Privateers get eight days off before resuming their schedule at Tulsa on Thursday, December 13 in a contest on ESPN3.

December 04, 2018

UNO/South Alabama highlights, 1990-91

The last time UNO and South Alabama played a nonconference game at Lakefront Arena, the year was 1990, and the Jaguars had guys named "Boobie" running around.

This was win #5 for New Orleans of a 17-game winning streak that culminated in a Top 25 ranking.

November 28, 2018

ULL Settles Down, Rallies to Victory

In a Wednesday night in-state rivalry at Lakefront Arena, the Privateers started fast, but UL Lafayette finished strong and won a 77-73 overtime decision.

Lamont Berzat drives
in the second half
The New Orleans defense rattled the Ragin' Cajuns early, creating a frenetic pace and turning over the visitors 14 times in the first half.  Through the first 16 minutes, UNO led 29-15, with 16 of those points coming off turnovers.  But ULL was able to gather themselves, scored the last 11 points of the half, and make it largely a halfcourt game the rest of the way, gradually wearing down the Privateers until they finally took the lead late in the contest.

The Cajuns only turned the ball over five times over the final 29 minutes of action, and New Orleans' offense struggled in halfcourt sets.  Gerrale Gates, though, tied it at 59 with a jumper with 13 seconds left to send the game to overtime.  Gates scored seven points in overtime to keep the Privateers in it, but the Cajuns were ultimately too much.

Gates, a freshman, led the way for UNO with a career-high 17, and Damion Rosser added 13.  New Orleans' best shooters, Bryson Robinson and Ezekiel Charles, combined to shoot 5-for-24 and 2-for-10 from deep.  As a team, the Bucs shot an anemic 35%.

The balanced Cajuns attack featured three players with 12 points and another two with 10.

After a week off, UNO will face another former Sun Belt rival when they take on South Alabama at Lakefront Arena next Wednesday.

November 24, 2018

UNO Overcomes Slow Start, Wins Blowout

Rosser drops in a layup
in the second half
After a sloppy beginning that saw unknown Governor's State holding an early 27-26 lead on the Privateers, the host team hit a run towards the end of the first half and never looked back, winning a 97-53 rout.

Damion Rosser had his first big game of the 2018-19 campaign with 18 points, though steady senior Ezekiel Charles led the way with 20.  Fellow senior Scott Plaisance had several early baskets to help UNO keep its footing early and finished with 14 points.

The Privateer defense was able to turn over GSU 27 times, 18 of which were steals, leading to a parade of fast break buckets.

New Orleans will stay home to take on in-state rival UL Lafayette on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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.