January 23, 2019

UNO Gets Behind Early, Falls at UCA

Jr G Bryson Robinson
Host Central Arkansas jumped to early 8-0 and 17-6 leads, then held on for the rest of the night in a 76-71 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday night.

The Privateers (9-9, 4-3) did tie UCA once, at 34, towards the end of the first half, but UCA scored four straight before the break, then reestablished control for good out of the locker room.  UNO has lost its second straight game after winning four in a row.

Bryson Robinson kept the Bucs in the game, scoring 28 and draining nine three pointers, tying a school record, and including a late flurry to make the final score close.  But UNO's offensive output outside of Robinson and Troy Green, who had 13, was shaky, and they shot just 37% as a team against a less than intimidating Bears defense.  Privateer leading scorer Ezekiel Charles was held to just 1 point, though he led the team in rebounds with 9.

New Orleans will try to salvage the final game of the three-game road trip at Incarnate Word on Saturday.

January 19, 2019

TAMU-CC Ends UNO Winning Streak

Ezekiel Charles
Going for their fifth win in a row, the Privateers (9-8, 4-2) were stoned by a very stingy Texas A&M-Corpus Christi defense, falling 76-61 to the Islanders on the road Saturday evening.

New Orleans jumped out to an early 12-5 but then surrendered 14 points in a row, creating a deficit from which they would never recover.  They did pull within three at 31-28 at the half after a flurry of steals and transition scores, but TAMU-CC opened the second frame on a 6-0 run to reestablish control.  The Islanders shot 54% from the field.

Ezekiel Charles led the way for UNO with 13, and Damion Rosser was the only other Privateer in double digits with 12.

UNO will continue its road trip on Wednesday night at Central Arkansas.

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.